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Martin Bashir Out at MSNBC After Sarah Palin Jabs

Martin Bashir Out at MSNBC After Sarah Palin Jabs

| On 05, Dec 2013

Martin Bashir MSNBC

MSNBC is down one weekday host in its lineup now.

Martin Bashir, host of the eponymous show, tendered his resignation to the network on Wednesday after an extended leave of absence beginning in November. Bashir originally took some time off after making controversial statements about former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin.

It all started when Palin compared the national debt to slavery in a November 9 appearance at the Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition. Bashir used his show on November 15 to respond to Palin’s ludicrous statement — only to take it a step further. In short, he said someone needed to sh*t in her mouth as payback (my emphasis).

As a result, MSNBC pulled Bashir off the air temporarily. He stayed away after the Thanksgiving holiday with network officials saying he was on an extended break. He finally called it quits from his native London on Wednesday with the network wishing him well. It looks like Bashir “left” on his own terms — meaning MSNBC didn’t embarrass him on the way out.

This is the second MSNBC personality to leave the network in a month. Actor Alec Baldwin was given the boot after he hurled gay slurs at a New York photographer. In Baldwin’s case, he was fired after only six weeks on air with his new show, “Up Late.” His departure from MSNBC was not as graceful and staged as Bashir’s.

As for Bashir’s 4:00 p.m. ET one-hour time block, it’s unclear exactly how that will pan out. For now, guest host and editor of The Grio, Joy-Ann Reid, has been filling in quite nicely. I would love to see them develop a show around her, if possible. We need more informed African-Americans in the news space right now. Melissa Harris-Perry’s weekend show works well because other outlets are not taking chances on black women like that.

I think God is trying to tell MSNBC something. Now is a great time call me in as a guest so I can start to prime them for my show idea. I know my personality (and this blog) would work well in front of a national audience. A guy can cast a vision, can’t he? lol…

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