Joy Reid Blames ‘Far-Right’ Critics for MSNBC’s Surprise Firing of Host Tiffany Cross

MSNBC’s Joy Reid has blamed “far-right” critics for MSNBC abruptly firing her protege host Tiffany Cross from the network earlier in the week.

As Slay News reported, MSNBC fired the controversial host on Friday after NBC Universal executives grew tired of her “bad judgment.”

“Repeated bad behavior on and off-air. Bad judgment,” a source reportedly told Fox News when asked about MSNBC’s move.

Reid wasn’t buying the story that Cross’s own actions led to her firing, however.

“Before I go, I really do just want to say one quick thing about my friend, colleague, and sister Tiffany Cross,” Reid said on her show.

“She’s not just my friend, she’s my sister.

“I love her, I support her, I was boosting for her to get the show that she created, ‘The Cross Connection,’ which she put her heart and soul into every day.

“I just want to say that those on the ‘far-right’ who are attacking her on a social media app that I won’t name.

“You don’t understand how sisters move.

“So, watch this space,” she warned.

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“We will be here, her sisters will be here to support anything Tiffany Cross ever does.

“Know that. Believe that.”

MSNBC abruptly fired controversial host Tiffany Cross because NBC Universal executives grew tired of her “bad judgment.”

Cross was previously a fill-in host for Joy Reid’s weekend show “AM Joy.”

She got her own Saturday program in 2020.

She made headlines recently for calling Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas “Justice Pubic Hair on My Coke Can.”

According to Deadline:

“A source confirmed that there were concerns at the network that Cross’s commentary, on the show and elsewhere, did not meet the network’s editorial standards.

“In an appearance on Charlamagne Tha God’s Comedy Central show on Thursday, Cross said Florida ‘literally looks like the dick of the country.’

“Cross delivered pointed commentary during her show, at times singling out other media hosts.

“After Megyn Kelly attacked her earlier this month and called her the most ‘racist person on television,’ Cross called Kelly ‘the blackface expert.’

“Kelly had moved from Fox News to NBC News in 2017 with a reported long-term contract worth $69 million, but her daytime show failed to make a dent in the ratings and she was beset with controversy over comments she made about wearing blackface as a Halloween costume.

“She later apologized.”

According to Variety:

“Her production staff was informed of the decision Friday morning, according to three people familiar with the matter.

“MSNBC declined to make executives available for comment, and Cross could not be reached for immediate comment.

“MSNBC decided not to renew Cross’ contract after two years, according to one of these people, and severed ties with her immediately.”

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By David Hawkins

David Hawkins is a writer who specializes in political commentary and world affairs. He's been writing professionally since 2014.

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