MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry is now protesting her own show, proving once again that the only thing lower than the network’s ratings is the collective IQ of their on-air talent.
The New York Times reports:
Melissa Harris-Perry Walks Off Her MSNBC Show After Pre-emptions
In an unusually public flare-up, one of MSNBC’s television personalities clashed with the network on Friday in a dispute about airtime and editorial freedom and said she was refusing to host the show that bears her name this weekend.
The host, Melissa Harris-Perry, wrote in an email to co-workers this week that her show had effectively been taken away from her and that she felt “worthless” in the eyes of NBC News executives, who are restructuring MSNBC.
“Here is the reality: Our show was taken — without comment or discussion or notice — in the midst of an election season,” she wrote in the email, which became public on Friday. “After four years of building an audience, developing a brand and developing trust with our viewers, we were effectively and utterly silenced.”
In a phone interview, Ms. Harris-Perry confirmed she would not appear on the show this weekend. She said she had received no word about whether her show, which runs from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturdays and Sundays, had been canceled, but said she was frustrated that her time slot had faced pre-emptions for coverage of the presidential election. She said she had not appeared on the network at all “for weeks” and that she was mostly sidelined during recent election coverage in South Carolina and New Hampshire.
You can read the email she sent to her staff here.
We’ve written about Melissa Harris-Perry on a number of occasions:
- Melissa Harris-Perry, America’s, ahem, foremost public intellectual
- Megyn Kelly on Melissa Harris-Perry: What a Quack! (VIDEO)
- Melissa Harris-Perry: Be ‘Super Careful’ About Using Term ‘Hard Worker’ Because Slaves
Twitchy has compiled some reactions to this news:
How dare MSNBC treat America's pre-eminent public intellectual in such fashion https://t.co/9netaoBU7Y
— Jamie Kirchick (@jkirchick) February 26, 2016
"I am not hungry for empty airtime. I care only about substantive, meaningful, and autonomous work.” pic.twitter.com/ZUkHZbQ7wc
— Charlie Spiering (@charliespiering) February 26, 2016
News anchor who wore tampon earrings on live television complains that she's losing editorial control https://t.co/xPjI0bwMX8
— Lachlan Markay (@lachlan) February 26, 2016
Preempted twice during an election season, asked to focus on election & you walk away from your show? Must be nice https://t.co/lQmLCzf5s4
— Michael C Moynihan (@mcmoynihan) February 26, 2016
Don’t quit, Melissa.
Think of all the conservatives who watch your show for laughs.