After weeks of seeing her eponymous MSNBC show pre-empted for election coverage, Melissa Harris-Perry says she will not return to host this weekend as asked by the cable news network.
Harris-Perry, whose show airs 10 am—noon on Saturdays and Sundays, told The New York Times that she hadn’t appeared on the network for weeks and wasn’t planning to do so this weekend, despite being asked to return. In an email to her staffers obtained by the Times, she wrote that the program had been “effectively and utterly silenced” — essentially cancelled — without discussion four years into its run.
Though Harris-Perry’s email contained some racially charged language (“I am not a token, mammy, or little brown bobble head”), she later told the Times, “I don’t think anyone is doing something mean to me because I’m a black person” and added, “They shouldn’t kill us by attrition and take us off the air without telling anybody, including us. That for me is what’s painful and difficult.”
In a statement to the paper, an NBC News network spokesman said: “In this exciting and unpredictable presidential primary season, many of our daytime programs have been temporarily upended by breaking political coverage, including MHP. This reaction is really surprising, confusing and disappointing.”