- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Former MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry, who was pulled off the air Sunday after boycotting her own show, isn’t leaving the network quietly.

The Wake Forest professor took to Twitter Tuesday to slam a “culture of fear” and “salary inequity” at the cable news channel.

“A few apologies: @MartinBashir @Toure @finneyk I am sorry for and ashamed of my earlier silence. I gave into to culture of fear at #msnbc,” Ms. Harris-Perry tweeted to her 435,000 followers, referring to former MSNBC hosts Martin Bashir, Toure Neblett and Karen Finney.

“One of the unintended consequences of salary inequity — harder to get us to take one of those non-disclosure payoffs huh? #freedomovermoney,” she snarked.

On Tuesday, the outgoing MSNBC host told CNN that her exit negotiations with the network fell through after she refused to accept the terms of a non-disparagement clause that she described as “a gag order.”

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

In another tweet calling out MSNBC President Phil Griffin and Vice President Yvette Miley, Ms. Harris-Perry wrote: “Note to @YvetteMiley & Phil if I cc u on email Tue & it’s leaked to press on Friday maybe I’m not the unpredictable one. #GetYourLeaksPhil.”

The channel announced on Sunday that it was “parting ways” with Ms. Harris-Perry — two days after she published an email complaining to colleagues that her show had been pre-empted for election coverage for two consecutive weekends.

“Our show was taken — without comment or discussion or notice — in the midst of an election season,” she explained in the email that was posted on her Twitter page on Friday.

MSNBC “would like me to appear for four inconsequential hours to read news that they deem relevant,” including more political news. “I will not be used as a tool for their purposes. I am not a token, mammy, or little brown bobble head,” said Ms. Harris-Perry, who is black.

James Perry, Ms. Harris-Perry’s husband and the one who led the negotiations with MSNBC, confirmed that the network had never expressed any intention to cancel her show prior to her decision to publicize her email, CNN reported.

In another tweet on Tuesday, Ms. Harris-Perry described hosting her show as “one of the greatest joys of my professional life — a weekly privilege for 4 years.”

“Failures on @MHPshow were mine & nearly everything good belonged to brilliant team of producers, researchers, interns,” she added.

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