If you noticed an absence of Melissa Harris-Perry from the February 2016 airwaves of MSNBC it wasn't by accident according to the show's outspoken host. Harris-Perry is so upset with what she says is a manipulation of her show by MSNBC executives that she is refusing to host the Saturday and Sunday airings of the show.
In an email sent to her staff on Friday, February 26th, Harris-Perry charged that MSNBC is covertly attempting to keep her off the air. The e-mail also reveals that the MHPS and MSNBC have a strained relationship
Harris-Perry writes in the email,
"I have not responded to reporters or social media inquiries. However, I am not willing to appear on air in order to quell concerns about the disappearance of our show and our voice."“Here is the reality: Our show was taken—without comment or discussion or notice—in the midst of an election season, After four years of building an audience, developing a brand and developing trust with our viewers, we were effectively and utterly silenced.”
The New York Times reported that in a phone interview, Ms. Harris-Perry confirmed she would not appear on the show this weekend. She said she had received no word about whether her show, which runs from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturdays and Sundays, had been canceled, but said she was frustrated that her time slot had faced pre-emptions for coverage of the presidential election.
If the network is guilty of playing games with Harris-Perry's show you can bet she's not going to let it go. MSNBC has taken the hatchet to quite a few minority hosted shows over the past two years and have gotten away with it. This time they may have picked on one that is not so easily snuffed out.
Read Mellisa Harris-Perry's email regarding the matter in it's entirety HERE.