MSNBC Severs Ties With Host Melissa Harris-Perry: Reports

February 28, 2016 4:29 pm Last Updated: February 28, 2016 4:47 pm

MSNBC has cut ties with TV host Melissa Harris-Perry after she had a private fight with the network, according to reports on Sunday.

She told CNN and other outlets that her reps are in talks with MSNBC about an exit deal.

I will not be used as a tool for [management’s] purposes.
Melissa Harris-Perry, TV show host

She tweeted Sunday: “Farewell #Nerdland. Inviting diverse new voices to table was a privilege. Grateful for years of support & criticism.”

Harris-Perry sent an email to staffers on her show Friday, saying she had no intention of going on the air on Saturday morning, the Washington Post reported.

Her regular weekend show was preempted by election coverage.

“Social media has noted the dramatic change in editorial tone and racial composition of MSNBC’s on-air coverage,” she said.

“I will not be used as a tool for [management’s] purposes,” she wrote to her staff, according to the NY Post. “I am not a token, mammy, or little brown bobble head. I love our show, I want it back.”

I care only about substantive, meaningful, and autonomous work. When we can do that, I will return.
— Melissa Harris-Perry, TV show host

MSNBC channel preempted her for campaign coverage with the “Place for Politics” title.

“While MSNBC may believe that I am worthless, I know better,” she also wrote, per The New York Times. “I know who I am. I know why MHP Show is unique and valuable. I will not sell short myself or this show. I am not hungry for empty airtime. I care only about substantive, meaningful, and autonomous work. When we can do that, I will return — not a moment earlier.”

Her show ran from 10 a.m. to noon.