MSNBC has parted ways with political analyst Joan Walsh after more than a decade of contributing to the news network.
Walsh said she learned MSNBC was nixing her contract as a paid contributor Friday night while baking pies with her daughter in New York.
“So it’s true: after 12 years on MSNBC, six on contract, I learned Friday night they are not renewing,” Walsh said Saturday. “I’ve given my heart and soul to the network, from the George W. Bush years through today. I’m proud of the work I did.”
Walsh spent Saturday sharing the outpouring of support — and dismay — that followed the network’s decision to not renew her contract with the hashtag #KeepJoanWalsh.
Broadcasters Chris Hayes, Joy Reid and Katie Couric voiced their support for Walsh, a former Salon editor and currently a national correspondent with The Nation.
Reid said Walsh “was the first person to ever pay me to write” during her Salon stint.
“She is now my friend, my incredibly valued colleague and my documentary partner. She belongs on the air speaking, especially in times like these. We need progressive women’s voices,” said Reid, who hosts “The Reid Report” on MSNBC.
Hayes described his former MSNBC colleague as “indispensable.”
When asked about the dissolved contract, MSNBC said it reviews its list of paid contributors annually and that Walsh is “absolutely still welcome” to appear on its programming.
Within hours of Walsh announcing her departure, she said she would be working with CNN to kick off 2018.
“Thanks to everyone who made this happen. A Christmas miracle,” Walsh said.
With News Wire Services