*It’s all over between Melissa Harris-Perry and MSNBC.
Earlier Sunday morning an MSNBC spokesman confirmed that the channel is “parting ways” with the Wake Forest Professor of Politics and International Affairs.
Also this morning, Harris-Perry tweeted out a photo with the message “Farewell #Nerdland,” a nickname for her weekend show, “Melissa Harris-Perry.”
The message also said, “Inviting diverse new voices to table was a privilege,” she tweeted. “Grateful for years of support and criticism.”
— Melissa Harris-Perry (@MHarrisPerry) February 28, 2016
As we reported, Harris-Perry and the network had come to odds because she felt like she was being squeezed off the air and her editorial skills were not being utilized. On Friday she went public after having her show pre-empted for two weeks in a row.
“Our show was taken — without comment or discussion or notice — in the midst of an election season,” she wrote in a letter to staff that was shared with her fans.
MSNBC responded by saying her show and her others were pre-empted to be competitive with its rivals during what’s become a chaotic primary season.
MSNBC called her reaction “surprising, confusing and disappointing.”
Harris-Perry isn’t seeing it that way. She thinks the network was busy marginalizing her show.
“no one on the third floor,” where MSNBC’s executives work at 30 Rockefeller Center, “has even returned an email, called me, or initiated or responded to any communication of any kind from me for nearly a month,” she said in her letter.
Her letter also noted a “dramatic change” in the “editorial tone and racial composition of MSNBC’s on-air coverage.”
According to CNNMoney, Harris-Perry’s MSNBC contract expires in October. She also confirmed that her representatives are in talks with MSNBC about an exit deal.
We can only wonder what Cornel West is saying right about now.