Former MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry appeared on ‘The View’ to discuss her contentious parting of ways with the network.
Harris-Perry used a dating analogy to describe how she’d been dumped by MSNBC. According to the professor and former host, working for MSNBC was akin to dating someone who’d stopped calling you.
“The show had basically been canceled”, Harris-Perry explained, adding, “all of our branding was gone, the thing that said Melissa Harris-Perry was gone, our music was gone, and our editorial content was gone, then I was gone as a host.”
Harris-Perry then detailed how she was benched by the network.
“During the hours of 10 to noon I wasn’t there anymore, even though I was in Iowa and New Hampshire and South Carolina, I wasn’t asked to be on air during that time. Other people were.”
It was only after executives at MSNBC were asked about the disappearance of her show, according to Harris-Perry, that she was put back on the air. Harris-Perry notes that it was “just me, not our show.”
They wanted me to “just show up and read the news,” claims Harris-Perry, who declined the offer, explaining that she “did not decline to come back and do my show.”
Harris-Perry also explained why she used the term “mammy” in an email to her staff that she never intended to be made public.
“The history of mammy is the black woman who cares more about the master’s family than her own. What I’m saying is I don’t care more about MSNBC’s reputation than the nerdland family.”
Harris-Perry doesn’t believe she was targeted for being black, but does believe taking her show off the air has “racial implications.”
MSNBC issued a statement denying that the network ever intended to cancel her show and says the show would still be on air were it not for Harris-Perry’s “destructive email”.
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