Ronan Farrow joins MSNBC to host new show

NEW YORK Thu Oct 17, 2013 6:48pm EDT

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Ronan Farrow, the 25-year-old son of actress Mia Farrow, will host a one-hour weekday show starting early next year on MSNBC, the U.S. television channel said on Wednesday.

The writer and human rights lawyer, who has been in talks with MSNBC about the show for months, will also contribute to the channel's website and NBC News.

"Ronan has established himself as a provocative, independent journalist capable of challenging people's assumptions and empowering audiences," Phil Griffin, MSNBC's president, said in a statement.

"His show will be a game changer for MSNBC, representing a fresh approach to how we deliver news."

Farrow, a Yale Law School graduate and Rhodes Scholar, said the show would be geared for a more engaged generation of viewers and what they can do to be part of the story.

"I'm excited to shake up people's expectations for cable news. And to get a ton of Twitter followers," he said.

Farrow worked as a foreign policy official in the first Obama administration and served as a U.S. diplomat with a focus on the conflict of Afghanistan and Pakistan.

He was thought to be the biological son of Oscar-winning director Woody Allen. But his mother cast doubt on his paternity when she said earlier this month in an interview that her former husband, singer-actor Frank Sinatra, could "possibly" be his father.

Sinatra, who died in 1998 at age 82, and Mia Farrow, 68, were married from 1966 to 1968. But the actress said the relationship continued after their divorce.

In a tweet posted after the news was reported, Farrow said, "Listen, we're all 'possibly' Frank Sinatra's son."

His mother and Allen parted in 1992 after the director's relationship with Mia Farrow's adopted daughter, Soon-Yi, was revealed.

Farrow, named Satchel Ronan O'Sullivan Farrow at birth, and two of his siblings were the subjects of a custody suit between Allen, 77, and his mother, which the actress won.

Earlier this month, "30 Rock" actor Alec Baldwin's late- night current events and culture talk show premiered on MSNBC, with New York Democratic mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio as his first guest.

(Reporting by Patricia Reaney; Editing by Piya Sinha-Roy and Peter Cooney)

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K-Jong wrote:
Let’s do the math, shall we? If he’s 25, that means he was born in 1988…20 years after Farrow and Sinatra split, when Sinatra was 73, and Farrow would have been 43, and Allen 53.

Allen was 56, in 1991, when he began his relationship with Soon-Yi Previn, who was then 19, when Ronan was 3 years old!

Fast forward, 22 years later, and the kid has his own TV show!

I’d say he has pure showbiz genes, but probably not Sinatra’s…

Oct 16, 2013 11:08pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Cindy-Chicago wrote:
He sure seems to have stuff working for him these days. Every time I turn around there is a bit of news about him. Interesting. Wonder what’s next? Sorta like the Sinatra connection.

Oct 16, 2013 11:33pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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