Monday, February 29, 2016
Melissa Harris-Perry's show at MSNBC cancelled after she lashes out at MSNBC: 'I am not a token little brown bobble head'.
Melissa Harris-Perry is out at MSNBC (StarSat 263) and her Melissa Harris-Perry weekend show cancelled at the American TV news channel after she wrote a scathing email saying she won't be doing her weekend show this past weekend and trashing MSNBC saying she's not their "little brown bobble head".
A furious Melissa Harris-Perry attacked MSNBC for taking her show off the air the past few weeks for political coverage of the upcoming American elections, and she walked off her show The New York Times reported.
In a scathing email, Melissa Harris-Perry, wrote to MSNBC co-workers, slamming MSNBC for making her feel "worthless" and having "utterly silenced her", saying that "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 silenced".
Melissa Harris-Perry vowed to not set foot inside MSNBC's studios this past Saturday and Sunday, saying in the email she's not owned by MSNBC and that "I will not be used as a tool for their purposes. I am not a token, mammy, or little brown bobble head".
"Undoubtedly television nurtures the egos of those of us who find ourselves in front of bright lights and big cameras. I am sure egois informing my own pain at the moment, but there is a level of professional decency, respect, and communication that has been denied this show for years".
"It is profoundly hurtful to realize that I work for people who find my considerable expertise and editorial judgment valueless to the coverage they are creating."
MSNBC called Melissa Harris-Perry's outburst "really surprising, confusing and disappointing".
Then The Washington Post reported that Melissa Harris-Perry's show will definitely be cancelled after her critical email.
Now Melissa Harris-Perry is in talks with MSNBC about severance pay, "not reconciliation" according to The New York Times. Her current contract with MSNBC only expires in October.