Political celebrity and cable tv show host Melissa Harris-Perry is officially out at MSNBC after she refused to appear on air for weekend programming. Harris-Perry was protesting what she says are weeks of preemptions of her show.
Harris-Perry sent an email to her staff on Friday to protest they way her show was treated by the network.
"Our show was taken - without comment or discussion or notice - in the midst of an election season," Harris-Perry said in the email.
She described "a growing chorus of questions from our viewers about my notable absence from MSNBC coverage."
Via her twitter account, MHP wrote to her 430,000 followers:
The network explained that the show was preempted because of "heavy" coverage of the presidential campaign. "In this exciting and unpredictable presidential primary season, many of our daytime programs have been temporarily upended by breaking political coverage, including MHP," the network said in a statement. The Network said Harris-Perry's response to the network's schedule was "really surprising, confusing and disappointing."
"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."