Melissa Harris Perry Burns MSNBC Bridge


Melissa Harris Perry former host of MSNBC elected to have her right to free speech over a severance package requiring that she refrain from making disparaging comments.

I must say that I am quite impressed by this action especially after reading that Ms. Harris-Perry entire family depends on her income and the fact that she did not let the politics of burning bridges stop her from her ability to speak freely in the future. Chile, Melissa Harris-Perry showed us if you going to burn a bridge, burn it right! It appears that her following and her bookings have increased since her departure.

“They wanted me to sign a non-disparagement clause, and we had a deep disagreement over what constituted the non-disparagement clause,” Harris-Perry told CNN Money on Tuesday. “They wanted me not to speak about MSNBC. I said no.”

James Perry, Melissa Harris Perry’s husband and the one who led the negotiations with MSNBC, said that MSNBC’s non-disparagement clause would have restricted his wife to speaking about MSNBC only when it was “positive or in her academic work.”

“I’ll never get another penny from MSNBC,” Harris-Perry said.

Allegedly the channel decided to “part ways” after Melissa Harris Perry published an email to friends saying that she had been “silenced” because the network had pre-empted her show for two consecutive weekends.

Check out an excerpt of the letter:

“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. Now, MSNBC would like me to appear for four inconsequential hours to read news that they deem relevant without returning to our team any of the editorial control and authority that makes MHP Show distinctive.

The purpose of this decision seems to be to provide cover for MSNBC, not to provide voice for MHP Show. I will not be used as a tool for their purposes. 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. I have wept more tears than I can count and I find this deeply painful, but I don’t want back on air at any cost. I am only willing to return when that return happens under certain terms.”

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You can read the letter in its entirety here

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