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NBC News Terminates Mark Halperin’s Contract

NBC News said it terminated the contract of contributor and political journalist Mark Halperin, the latest media outlet to cut ties with the prominent reporter in the wake of revelations he harassed and abused women during an earlier tenure at ABC News.

Halperin has been a regular contributor to shows such as MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

Halperin on Friday issued  an apology on Twitter.

“I am profoundly sorry for the pain and anguish I have caused by my past actions. I apologize sincerely to the women I have mistreated,” he wrote. “The world is now publicly acknowledging what so many women have long known: Men harm women in the workplace. The new awareness is, of course, a positive development. For a long time at ABC News, I was part of the problem. I acknowledge that, and I deeply regret it.”

In the wake of the accusations, HBO canceled plans to make a project based on the next “Game Change” book he was planning with co-author John Heilemann. Penguin Press, which was set to publish their book, about the 2016 campaign, also dropped those plans. Showtime said its political documentary series, “The Circus,” which featured Halperin as a co-host, would continue without him if the network chose to air another cycle of the program.

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