Melissa Harris-Perry’s MSNBC show canceled after dispute with network

Melissa Harris-Perry on set in 2012. (Fred R. Conrad/The New York Times)

On Sunday, a spokesman for MSNBC confirmed that the network is “parting ways” with Melissa Harris-Perry, two days after an e-mail was published in which the anchor said she felt “worthless” to the network executives. “I will not be used as a tool for their purposes,” she wrote. “I am not a token, mammy, or little brown bobble head. I am not owned by Lack, Griffin, or MSNBC. I love our show. I want it back.” Harris-Perry, whose show focused on race and social justice and had hosted since 2012, had grown increasingly frustrated with the network, feeling she wasn’t receiving sufficient airtime and was being sidelined in terms of editorial control. Over the last few weeks, she butted heads with the network when they wouldn’t let her host the show from Iowa and other primary states due to “insufficient resources” and when she decided to discuss how Beyonce’s new “Formation” video addresses race, rather than covering primary politics. In a message posted to Twitter on Sunday, Harris-Perry responded to her break with the network tweeting: “Farewell #Nerdland. Inviting diverse new voices to table was a privilege. Grateful for years of support & criticism.”

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