Harris-Perry won the Beyoncé battle but lost the war, which had been raging for months. She has not hosted since that day. On Friday, she spoke out publicly, saying she had been “silenced” by MSNBC and placed in a form of cable news purgatory.
“I love our show. I want it back,” she said in a letter.
Now she is on strike, refusing to host until she can return to the “substantive, meaningful, and autonomous work” she used to do on MSNBC.
Her MSNBC contract expires in October. Two sources agreed it is “highly unlikely” she will ever be back on the show.
This fight — fundamentally about editorial control — comes at a time when MSNBC and its rivals are trying to squeeze higher ratings out of the chaotic primary season.
At the same time, MSNBC has been undergoing a radical brand transplant, replacing left-leaning opinion shows with more middle-of-the-road newscasts. Progressives feel like the liberal MSNBC they loved is fading away.