You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Congressman Blasts NBC Over Melissa Harris-Perry Exit

Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) took to the floor of the House on Wednesday to blast NBC for the departure of MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry and to claim that “some of the most visible people of color” are “disappearing” from the network.

In an email published last week, Harris-Perry objected to preemptions of her weekend show for campaign coverage, saying that her program had been “effectively and utterly silenced.” The channel parted ways with Perry over the weekend, but she has been critical of the network on Twitter in recent days, pointing out other hosts who have disappeared from the network.

NBC said they wanted a show that was more about politics,” Gutierrez said. “But I have to say, when I watched her show, Melissa Harris-Perry was talking about politics in a unique way — like few others on the airwaves.”

He also lamented what he characterized as a diminished role for Alex Wagner, whose show was pulled from the schedule last summer. Gutierrez also questioned why anchor Jose Diaz Balart was not being sent to Florida to report on the primary.

“One of the most respected and recognized journalists in America who happens to be from Miami and a Florida political dynasty – apparently he is not the right guy to report on politics in Florida,” he said.

A spokeswoman for MSNBC said the network had no comment.

Guterriez did not stop with MSNBC. He echoed criticism he directed at NBC last year for inviting Donald Trump to host “Saturday Night Live.”

“And let’s not forget, the great NBC racism flip-flop last year when NBC severed ties to Donald Trump because of his racist remarks about Latinos, only to have him host their flagship comedy show, ‘Saturday Night Live,’ last fall,” he said, standing next to a vintage NBC peacock logo and the hashtag #NBCsowhite.

Watch his speech below:

More Biz

  • THE MASKED SINGER: L-R: Monster (T-Pain)

    New-Model Murdochs: Fox Corporation to Emerge Tuesday

    A new era for the Murdoch clan and the media business begins with the debut of Fox Corporation on Tuesday, a day before Disney completes its acquisition of 21st Century Fox. The new-model Fox will begin trading Tuesday on the NASDAQ under the FOXA symbol. On Tuesday, 21st Century Fox will initiate a complex transfer [...]

  • mark Beaven

    If Spotify Is Holding Town Halls for Songwriters, They Must Be Open (Guest Column)

    Earlier this month, Amazon, Google, SiriusXM and Spotify challenged the Copyright Royalty Board’s decision to increase the compulsory mechanical rates paid to songwriters by 44% over the next five years. The streamers have come under fierce criticism for the move, which they claim is over the complexities of the CRB’s rules but is widely assumed [...]

  • iHeartMedia Promotes Angel Aristone to Executive

    iHeartMedia Promotes Angel Aristone to Executive VP of Communications

    Angel Aristone has been promoted to executive vice president of communications for iHeartMedia, the company announced today. According to the announcement, Aristone will continue to position iHeart as a media and entertainment leader through proactive strategic communication efforts on both a local and national level. She will also continue to oversee media relations and external [...]

  • Kevin Tsujihara

    Kevin Tsujihara Out as Warner Bros. Chief Amid Sexual Impropriety Scandal

    Kevin Tsujihara has resigned his post as chairman-CEO of Warner Bros. following an investigation into his relationship with actress Charlotte Kirk and allegations he used his clout to help her find work at the studio. In a statement, Tsujihara said he realized “my continued leadership could be a distraction and an obstacle to the company’s [...]

  • TV Ad Sales Upfronts

    NBCUniversal, Sky Make Joint Ad Offering as TV Upfront Looms

    NBCUniversal and Sky PLC will offer joint packages of advertising services, a new effort to monetize the European satellite broadcaster, which was purchased by parent Comcast Corp. for $39 billion last year. Advertisers will be able to reach customers in sundry international markets as well as the United States, using inventory across NBCU and Sky [...]

  • Robert Iger and Rupert Murdochcredit: Disney

    Wall Street Applauds as Disney Nears Finish Line on Fox Acquisition

    Wall Street is rooting for Disney as the media giant reaches the finish line this week in its 15-month quest to acquire most of Rupert Murdoch’s film and TV empire. Fox shareholders, on the other hand, are being a little more cautious. Disney is poised to close the $71.3 billion deal that took many twists [...]

  • Sony Music Names Amanda Collins Head

    Sony Music Names Amanda Collins Global Head of Corporate Communications

    Amanda Collins has been named executive vice president and global head of corporate communications for Sony Music Entertainment, effective immediately, it was announced today by CEO Rob Stringer. According to the announcement, in this role she will be responsible for the company’s global internal and external communications strategy and its implementation around the world, working [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content