UPDATE: Tiffany Cross stated on Friday night in she expressed her disappointment at learning that The Cross Connection had been canceled “at such a vital moment – four days before the midterm elections.”
We deliberately focused on elevating problems and voices frequently disregarded by the mainstream media, breaking up echo bubbles, and highlighting communities of color from the start, she wrote. Because of this, The Cross Connection has consistently been MSNBC’s top-rated weekend program.
Fresh off the heels of a “racial reckoning,” as so many people have described it, she continued, “We know that there is always reaction with development. Retreating journalism or politics at this moment would be unwise. I sincerely hope the past two years at MSNBC have been disruptive and revolutionary, altering the way politics is talked about and making policy easier to understand. The chance of a lifetime to develop a program that the culture would be happy to maintain on top every weekend.
Additionally, she responded to rumors that MSNBC was displeased with her for responding to other cable hosts. While many of us were surprised by how quickly her exhibition ended, she said that her job was not yet finished. Speaking the truth has become fundamentally riskier as political violence rises. But I won’t give up after more than 20 years of journalism. I will never let the criticism I receive from other media outlets and past hosts dictate my story.
EARLIER: After almost two years, Tiffany Cross’s weekend show was canceled by MSNBC.
According to a person acquainted with the preparations, the network decided not to renew her contract and will instead cover her timeslot with several rotating hosts in the interim. Variety broke the news of the network’s choice.
In 2020, Jonathan Capehart’s new program, Cross’ Cross Connection, debuted as part of a series of adjustments to MSNBC’s weekend schedule.
The decision was announced to Cross’s workers on Friday morning, according to the source, who will still be working there.
A request for comment from Cross did not receive a prompt response. She previously served as the BET Networks’ D.C. Bureau Chief.
A source at the network stated there were worries that Cross’s commentary, both on the program and elsewhere, did not adhere to the network’s editorial guidelines. Florida “actually looks like the dick of the country,” according to Cross, who appeared on Charlamagne Tha God’s Comedy Central program on Thursday.
Cross made incisive remarks on her show, occasionally calling out other media personalities. Cross referred to Megyn Kelly as “the blackface expert” after Kelly attacked her earlier this month and referred to her as the most “racist person on television.” With a rumored $69 million long-term contract, Kelly left Fox News for NBC News in 2017. However, her daytime show struggled to get traction in the ratings, and she faced criticism for remarks she made about donning blackface for Halloween. She apologized subsequently.
Cross was the subject of a recent Fox News editorial by Tucker Carlson, who also singled out Joy Reid and other MSNBC commentators.
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