Hinting at racial discrimination, Melissa Harris-Perry refuses to sign exit package clause.
Liberal MSNBC Host Melissa Harris-Perry, who once wore tampon earrings on her show to protest a Texas abortion bill, has announced her departure from the MSNBC network.
She refused to sign a non-disparagement clause or accept the terms of an exit package that she describes as a “gag order”, choosing instead to retain her freedom to speak out against MSNBC.
Harris-Perry indicated she believes the decision to cancel her show has “strong racial implications”.
[pullquote align=”right” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]Yvette Miley, the senior vice president of talent and diversity, told CNN that Harris-Perry’s show, like others on MSNBC, was only pre-empted in order to focus on the contentious 2016 presidential primary contest and said there were no plans to cancel it or strip Harris-Perry of editorial control.[/pullquote]
Referring to other network hosts who were terminated in recent years, Harris-Perry complained of a “culture of fear” that prevents them from speaking out, raising questions about MSNBC’s handling of minorities. However, several white hosts have had their shows cancelled or left the network as well.
According to the Washington Examiner, Bashir was let go in 2013 after he made a crude comment about former Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin. Neblett was also taken off the air last summer when executives began moving MSNBC away from liberal commentary and toward hard news.
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