Wait, Where Did Nicolle Wallace Go? The MSNBC Anchor Has Stepped Away From the News Desk

Melissa Willets - Author

Dec. 12 2023, Updated 11:59 a.m. ET

Nicolle Wallace attends "Nicolle Wallace with Andrew Weissmann and Mary McCord: Prosecuting Donald Trump" at The 92nd Street NY, New York on September 13, 2023 in New York City.
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The Gist:

  • Nicolle Wallace was not seen on MSNBC starting about a week prior to Thanksgiving.
  • Viewers were "distraught" about her absence on Deadline: White House.
  • Nicolle called into the program to share the happy reason she is taking some time off from her post.
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Wait, where did Nicolle Wallace go? The Deadline: White House host suddenly disappeared from behind her prestigious news desk, and viewers were wondering if she is OK.

The good news is that Nicolle has, well, really good news and is taking family time off. Read on for the full story.

Nicolle Wallace at Former FBI Director James Comey In Conversation With MSNBC's Nicolle Wallace at 92NY on May 30, 2023
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Why is Nicolle Wallace missing from MSNBC?

On Nov. 20, 2023, Nicolle's MSNBC colleague Alicia Menendez addressed viewers' concerns over the anchor being missing from her program.

Nicolle called into the show to share some very exciting news!

As the 51-year-old shared, although she's "amazed at the theories out there" about why she's not on air, the truth is that she and her husband Michael Schmidt, whom she wed in 2022, had a baby.

Her name is Isabella Sloane Schmidt, and she was seemingly born via surrogate or adopted.

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The newswoman said the couple, plus her 11-year-old son Liam, whom she shares with her ex-husband Mark Wallace, "are smitten" with the new addition.

Nicolle also talked about being a new mom again at her age, sharing with Alicia that she's tired, but that "it's a blessing to be focused again on what has always grounded me and that's my family."

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So when will Nicolle be able to tear herself away from baby Izzy to return to MSNBC? Well, as she told Alicia, viewers will have to wait more than a hot minute before they see the new mom on Deadline: White House again.

When will Nicolle Wallace return?

Before saying goodbye, Alicia asked Nicolle, who assured her temporary replacement she's doing a great job, to tell viewers that indeed she would be returning to Deadline: White House.

"I am so distraught that anyone was distraught!" Nicolle exclaimed about fans wondering what happened to her.

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"I view the viewers as my family," she gushed. "And as long as they'll have me, I would never, ever, ever leave."

Upon hearing the explanation for Nicolle's absence on MSNBC, viewers were quick to dispel the anchor's worries about taking personal time away from the desk.

"Congratulations and please don’t think you were keeping secrets from your viewers. This was/is a private family matter but I’m thrilled you shared your good news," one fan tweeted on X.

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Meanwhile, the mom of two has not yet announced exactly when she plans to resume her duties at MSNBC.

Per The U.S. Sun, another esteemed journalist, Ali Velshi, will be helping to cover for Nicolle while she enjoys much-needed personal and family time.

Ali noted that "as part of my new news Uncle-y responsibilities" he would be helping out on the program while his "friend" is "taking care of" her new daughter.

Congratulations, Nicolle and family!

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