MSNBC, Melissa-Harris Perry Part Ways

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MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry wasn’t getting much airtime on the network as of late. Now it’s official: She will get none.

Harris-Perry and MSNBC are parting ways, according to a spokesperson for the network. Severing ties comes after the host publicly excoriated the NBCUniversal-owned cable outlet Friday for preempting her program in favor of added coverage of the Presidential race.

On Sunday, when she would normally have hosted a two-hour program in late morning, Harris-Perry bid adieu to her audience. “Farewell. #Nerdland,”she posted on Twitter, using a name she gave to her fan base. “Inviting diverse new voices to table was a privilege. Grateful for years of support & criticism.”

Harris-Perry’s time on air has been reduced as MSNBC has pursued more coverage of the 2016 Presidential race. She isn’t the only anchor who has had to roll with editorial decision-making, but she suggested Friday in a memo that was posted on the social-media site Medium that MSNBC’s new focus had forced changes to her program that reduced its effectiveness and robbed it of its personality.

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The anchor on Friday said she disagreed with what MSNBC’s recent programing re-orientation had done to her show. Since last year MSNBC has steadily tweaked its daytime programming, canceling shows led by Ed Schultz, Ronan Farrow and Joy Reid that examined the issues of the day through a progressive lens in favor of a focus on breaking news and politics. There has been more: A late-afternoon MSNBC program hosted by the Reverend Al Sharpton was canceled and turned into a Sunday-morning show. As the nation’s focus on the Presidential election has intensified, so too has MSNBC’s coverage of it during prime time.

“I love our show. I want it back,” Harris-Perry said in a note that was posted on Medium Friday after The New York Times reported on it. “I have wept more tears than I can count and I find this deeply painful, but I don’t want back on air at any cost. I am only willing to return when that return happens under certain terms.”

Joy Reid is expected to host MSNBC coverage this weekend during Harris-Perry’s slot, anchoring from South Carolina for a look at the Democratic primary.

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  1. doris says:

    Wrong not sure what is going on with MSNBC and NBC? I liked her show very good the many subjects she picked to cover and the variety of guest who came to discuss. Found it to be fair and balanced. Melissa has to be a very good professor ? No doubt she will bounce back and why she was not used to interview for this election.only the mgmt can answer. Sure she could have done a super job inereew

  2. toddegg says:

    Deeply disappointed that MSNBC has hushed MHP. This was in no way a decision to leave, as it was clearly a resection of what MSNBC deemed dysfunctional. As a white surgeon father of two mixed children, I try to find justification for cancelling an intelligent voice of black people on TV. Covering the charade of the circus that is the current election does not qualify. There are plenty of less significant shows to do that, and yes, it is prejudice. There are very few voices that qualify to speak with parity, intelligence and yet draw attention to issues affecting people who have few voices. Shame on MSNBC.

  3. Lucifer says:

    Good riddance, while she’s been trying to make it out to be prejudice for her firing, it was because she had bad ratings and refused to cover the presidential campaign – devoting a whole episode to Beyonce’s black panthers tribute.

    Also, she never invited “diverse voices,” she invited physically diverse people with the same opinions to create an echo chamber/safe space. In the off-chance she had a person with a differing opinion, she’d be prepared to outnumber them with people that were also against it. She’s also completely insane and forces herself to look at picture of black slaves so she knows only that is “hard work.”

  4. dougdraws says:

    Seems to me MSNBC is firing cancelling anyone who doesn’t fit/agree with their own political agenda.

  5. Matt says:

    MSNBC, the network that has liar Brian Williams as its face.

  6. Barb says:

    I’m glad this woman is leaving because she’s a bad example for the black people just like Sharpton was and I’m glad he’s gone and MSNBC keeps these kind of people out because it’s hurting their ratings and people were getting tired of this garbage.

  7. Brent says:

    MSNBC needs to jettison Joe Scarborough, the biggest A-hole on cable. And do we really need to be continually plagued by the reptilian presence of harpee and shrew, Nicholle Wallace!? I guess it’s all about being a close, personal friend of Phil.

    • JDancer says:

      <Matt, you are absolutely correct, if you think someone like Sharpton speaks for you that"s your right and no one can say otherwise. Its also my right to say Sharpton is low life who only the feeble of mind would follow. Perjurer, tax evader, scam artist. (oh yes, these are only claims by white racists) Hell of guy to take inspiration from.

  8. Marc says:

    She always was a bit too much racist.

  9. Why didn’t MSNBC just let Melissa do her show, but have the show focused more on the Presidential race? That would have been the best decision IMO MSMBC!

    • Tee Rams says:

      As joblo posted, do you think MHP may have been burning her bridges for a while, right up to the network’s final decision ??

    • joblo says:

      That’s pretty much what they wanted her to do but she didn’t want to be “…… used as a tool for their purposes, I am not a token, mammy or little brown bobble head. I am not owned by [NBC executives] or MSNBC. I love our show. I want it back.”

    • If you didn’t want to do her shows on the Presidential race, then she and MSMBC did the correct thing in parting ways!

  10. Alex says:

    Another MSNBC host resigns, this the only way MSNBC makes news.

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