Sharpton has guest-hosted MSNBC's 6pm hour for the last two weeks while regular anchor Cenk Uygur was on vacation, but insiders now tell TV Newser that Sharpton is being considered by network executives to permanently take over the slot.
The source also indicated that Uygur will continue to appear on MSNBC in a new capacity should he be replaced by Sharpton.
A message on Uygur's website indicated that he is scheduled to return to the air for this evening's edition of MSNBC Live.
Former presidential candidate Sharpton previously fronted the Spike TV reality series I Hate My Job and has made frequent appearances on The Daily Show and Real Time with Bill Maher.
Sharpton also helms the nationally syndicated radio programme Keeping it Real from New York City.
Earlier this year, Sharpton revealed that he turned down an offer to join the cast of Dancing with the Stars.
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