Melissa Harris-Perry and MSNBC 'Part Ways' After She Said She Was Not a 'Brown Bobble Head' in Staff Email

Melissa Harris-Perry Ousted at MSNBC Following Boycott of Her Own Show: Report
Melissa Harris-Perry
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02/28/2016 AT 03:20 PM EST

MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry has officially left the network, PEOPLE has confirmed, following weeks of confusion and contention over her fate and the fate of her weekend show, which she has hosted since 2012.

The news was first reported by The New York Times.

Harris-Perry, 42, bid "farewell" to the series in a Sunday tweet: "Farewell #Nerdland. Inviting diverse new voices to table was a privilege. Grateful for years of support & criticism."





An MSNBC spokeswoman tells PEOPLE it is "parting ways" with Harris-Perry; and while Harris-Perry told the Times she was not in direct contact with anyone at the network, "terms of severance, not reconciliation" were being worked out.

The move comes just days after the circulation of a staff email in which Harris-Perry blasted the network for what she called its "silencing" of her series.

In that same email, posted on Friday, she announced that she would not be returning to host the series this weekend, after several preemptions, in protest of the network's decisions.

"Here is the reality: Our show was taken – without comment or discussion or notice – in the midst of an election season," her email read. "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."

She continued, "I have hosted a weekly program on this network for four years and contributed to election coverage on this network for nearly eight years, but no one on the third floor has even returned an email, called me, or initiated or responded to any communication of any kind from me for nearly a month."

"I will not be used as a tool for their purposes," Harris-Perry added. "I am not a token, mammy or little brown bobble head. I am not owned by [NBC News chairman Andrew] Lack, [MSNBC president Phil] Griffin or MSNBC. I love our show. I want it back."

Some read the preemptions as part of what the Times called a broader network pivot toward hard news, and away from the social justice issues that were often at the center of Harris-Perry's program.

NBC News said in a previous statement, according to the Times, "In this exciting and unpredictable presidential primary season, many of our daytime programs have been temporarily upended by breaking political coverage, including M.H.P. This reaction is really surprising, confusing and disappointing."

Harris-Perry last appeared on MSNBC on Feb. 7.
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