MSNBC and Melissa Harris-Perry have parted company after the race-baiting host fired off an angry email about her show being pre-empted over the last two weeks.
Harris-Perry had apparently been complaining about the pre-emptions with MSNBC brass. But her refusal to appear on her show on Saturday, coupled with an email she sent to her staff criticizing both NBC News Chief Andy Lack and MSNBC president Phil Griffin in which she made a veiled reference to racism being part of the cause, was the last straw:
I will not be used as a tool for their purposes. I am not a token, mammy, or little brown bobble head. I am not owned by Lack, Griffin, or MSNBC. I love our show. I want it back.
She backed away from that statement in an interview about the situation, saying she didn’t think her lack of recent airtime was because she was black.
In reality, Harris-Perry no longer fits in at MSNBC, which has been jettisoning its left-leaning, host-driven programming in favor of a more news-centered approach, in an attempt to catch up to Fox news and CNN.
If she’s looking for another television gig, she could always follow her former MSNBC colleague Ed Schultz into obscurity at RT America.