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NBC News and MSNBC announced Monday it has terminated its contract with embattled political analyst Mark Halperin, who is staring down sexual harassment allegations from at least five women.
On Monday morning, a spokesperson for MSNBC told CNN both channels decided to cut ties with the embattled pundit. NBC had previously decided to suspend Halperin indefinitely.
Halperin, who served as a frequent contributor to MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” took to Twitter in the wake of the five women’s allegations against him to say he is “profoundly sorry for the pain and anguish I have caused by my past actions”:
Please read my statement below. pic.twitter.com/8ld8k8DC6O
— Mark Halperin (@MarkHalperin) October 27, 2017
“I apologize sincerely to the women I have mistreated,” he wrote.
HBO ended its partnership with Halperin, co-author of the best-selling 2008 election postmortem “Game Change,” according to Variety. In addition, Penguin Press, which was set to publish Halperin’s book about the 2016 presidential campaign, cut ties with the analyst.
And Showtime said its political documentary series, “The Circus,” which Halperin co-hosted, would continue without him.
News of Halperin’s demise comes weeks after at least 60 women have accused disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment, assault, or rape.