Mediaite has learned that Joy Reid may soon be taking over the weekend slot left open after Melissa Harris-Perry and MSNBC parted ways in an acrimonious split.
Harris-Perry hosted an eponymous Saturday show from Feb. 2012 until last month, when she effectively walked off her show expressing frustration that the program had been pre-empted for election coverage. “I will not be used as a tool for their purposes,” Harris-Perry wrote of MSNBC in an email to her staff that went public. “I am not a token, mammy, or little brown bobble head. I am not owned by Lack, Griffin or MSNBC.” The network subsequently severed ties with her.
Harris-Perry later told the hosts of The View that the decision to pre-empt her show had racial implications — if not directed at her necessarily, then at the sort of guests her show would attract: “It’s just an empirical reality,” she said. “Taking this show off the air, even if you put me individually back on as a host meant that the folks who sat at our table, whether they were transgender, women of color, Latino Republicans, they just weren’t going to be there anymore…”
Obviously filling Perry’s spot with another woman of color would blunt some of the criticism that has been directed at the network as a result of Perry’s departure. Reid’s daytime show, The Reid Report aired weekdays at 2 p.m. beginning in Feb. 2014 and was cancelled a little over one year later, in the wake of low ratings and amidst a spate of cancellations that changed MSNBC’s weekday lineup last year. Since then, she has been acting as a national correspondent for the news network and has anchored in Harris-Perry’s stead for the last few weeks.
We reached out to MSNBC for comment and will add an update if we hear back from them.
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