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Martin Bashir out at MSNBC

By April Neale Dec 5, 2013, 2:02 GMT

Martin Bashir out at MSNBC

Martin Bashir - "Today" Show 60th Anniversary Celebration - Arrivals - Edison Ballroom - New York City, NY, USA Janet Mayer / PR Photos

Martin Bashir is out at MSNBC.

Bashir had said some unfortunate things regarding Alaska Governor Sarah Palin (R-AK), There was intense fallout over these remarks.

Bashir offered an abject apology on his next broadcast, but a chorus of critics continued to demand action against the host. After a reported “vacation” for the host earlier this week, Bashir announced, in a statement to Mediaite Wednesday afternoon, that MSNBC and Martin Bashir are parting ways.

Here’s the statement to Mediaite, from Martin Bashir, via email:

After making an on-air apology, I asked for permission to take some additional time out around the Thanksgiving holiday.

Upon further reflection, and after meeting with the President of MSNBC, I have tendered my resignation. It is my sincere hope that all of my colleagues, at this special network, will be allowed to focus on the issues that matter without the distraction of myself or my ill-judged comments.

I deeply regret what was said, will endeavor to work hard at making constructive contributions in the future and will always have a deep appreciation for our viewers – who are the smartest, most compassionate and discerning of all television audiences. I would also wish to express deepest gratitude to my immediate colleagues, and our contributors, all of whom have given so much of themselves to our broadcast.’

 



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