Tiffany Cross’ Saturday commentary program “Cross Connection” has been canceled by MSNBC, and her crew was notified of the decision on Friday, Variety reports. Cross has spoken on her dismissal from the network, partially citing a “racial reckoning.”
“MSNBC decided not to renew Cross’ contract after two years, according to one of these people, and severed ties with her immediately. A rotating group of anchors will lead her weekend hours until a replacement is found, and the production staff assigned to her show are believed to be likely to stay in place,” Mediate reported.
“There has been speculation that Cross’ relationship with MSNBC was becoming frayed, according to two of these people, with executives at the network growing concerned about the anchor’s willingness to address statements made by cable-news hosts on other networks and indulging in commentary executives felt did not meet the standards of MSNBC or NBC News,” it said.
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Cross’s obsession on race has been contentious, and last month, former Fox News personality Megyn Kelly called Cross a “moron” and “dumbass” and “the most racist person on television” for claiming that Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is black.
“To see all these Black men crashing into each other with a bunch of White owners, White coaches, and the complete disregard for Black bodies and Black life,” the Cross said. “I mean, it just represents a larger issue.”
But the quarterback’s parents are from Samoa and he is not African American, Kelly said. “He’s not Black. Hello? You dumbass, Tiffany Cross,” Kelly said. “She’s the most racist person on television. It’s amazing. Maybe she just doesn’t see color. Anyway, he’s not Black, but according to her he is. Oh, and by the way, his coach isn’t White either.”
“He’s Samoan and his coach is mixed race,” she said. “Had a white parent and a Black parent. So, anyway, he’s not White. I guess in Tiffany’s world that’s White. But in any event, this person sees everything through a ‘it’s racist’ prism.”
Cross replied to the remark, as is her specialty, by bringing up race.
On Friday night, Cross expressed disappointment but swore to continue working.
More on this story via The Republic Brief:
“I am disheartened to learn of MSNBC’s decision to cancel The Cross Connection, at such a crucial time—four days before the midterm elections. From the beginning, we were intentional about centering communities of color, elevating issues and voices often ignored by the mainstream media, and disrupting the echo chambers. As a result, viewers consistently made The Cross Connection MSNBC’s highest rated weekend show,” she said, Mediate reported. CONTINUE READING…