After four years with MSNBC, weekend host Melissa Harris-Perry has walked off her show. After a few weeks of preemptions for election coverage, she claimed that she was being pushed around at the network's convenience.
She sent an email to her staff — affectionately referred to as “nerds” — explaining her decision. In an excerpt from that email, she said:
"Here is the reality: our show was taken — without comment or discussion or notice — in the midst of an election season. After four years of building an audience, developing a brand, and developing trust with our viewers, we were effectively and utterly silenced.
Now, MSNBC would like me to appear for four inconsequential hours to read news that they deem relevant without returning to our team any of the editorial control and authority that makes MHP Show distinctive.
The purpose of this decision seems to be to provide cover for MSNBC, not to provide voice for MHP Show. 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. 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."
This weekend's show is being hosted by Joy Reid, who only has the best to say about Harris-Perry:
No other news hosts or pundits have publicly quit over preemptions due to the upcoming presidential election.