Is that the sound of someone quietly crying into his sweater? Or is it only a rumor that MSNBC host Chris Hayes has been caught up in the network purge that Thursday claimed both Joy Reid and Ronan Farrow?

Two well-placed sources? OK, we’ll have a look. According to the Daily Beast:

… according to knowledgeable sources at the Comcast-owned cable network, Thursday’s moves were only the opening salvo in a wider programming shakeup.

In the relatively near term, two well-placed sources predicted to The Daily Beast, Chris Hayes will be relieved of his weak-performing 8 p.m. show All In, to be replaced by the current 9 p.m. host of The Rachel Maddow Show, while a talent search is currently underway to fill the prime-time slot to be vacated by Maddow.

Why not just televise the talent search to replace Hayes?

It’s a cable news network without news, without viewers, and now without any hosts either.