MSNBC cuts ties with host Tiffany Cross

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MSNBC has severed ties with Tiffany Cross, an outspoken weekend host who has made race and core black community issues a focus of her coverage and commentary.

The network canceled its nearly two-year-old show, “The Cross Connection,” and let its contract expire, according to three people who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive negotiations between the former host and MSNBC. A spokesperson for the network declined to comment.

Cross, who previously served as DC’s bureau chief for BET Networks, had made inflammatory comments on the air that made her a target of right-wing criticism.

Most recently, Cross appeared as a guest on Charlamagne tha God’s Comedy Central, where the host asked his guest panelists which state the Democrats could afford to lose in the upcoming midterm elections. Cross casually suggested Florida, using a vulgarity to describe the shape of the state and adding, “Castle Florida.”

But MSNBC’s decision to cancel his show was unrelated to any statements, these people said. Cross did not immediately respond to a request for comment. MSNBC president Rashida Jones was deeply involved in the decision to cut ties with Cross, two such people said.

Over the summer, when Alyssa Farah Griffin — a former Trump White House communications aide who has since condemned the former president for inciting the Jan. 6, 2021 riot — was a finalist for a post as co-host on “The View,” Cross called her a “deceptive Trump loyalist” who “quickly turned into an opportunist after voluntarily taking jobs in the Trump administration” and said she “has rode his wave of open xenophobia and racism to network television”.

In October, Cross also called Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas “Justice Pubic Hair on My Coke Can” — a reference to a detail of Anita Hill’s sexual harassment complaint against Thomas that she aired during his Senate confirmation hearings 31 years ago.

Conservative podcaster Megyn Kelly responded by calling Cross “the most racist person on television.” Cross in turn called Kelly “the blackface expert,” a reference to Kelly’s own on-air controversy, when she championed blackface as a Halloween costume during a stint as a host. NBC morning show.

Tucker Carlson, Fox News‘ most popular prime-time host, devoted an opening monologue to Cross, suggesting his commentary on racism was likely to foment an anti-white movement akin to the Rwandan genocide.

The cancellation of Cross’ show sparked outrage in some left-leaning circles. “Tucker Carlson recently hit out at Tiffany Cross and accuses her of fueling a ‘race war.’ tweeted Wajahat Aliliberal columnist for the Daily Beast.

Cross’ production staff, who also work the comparable Sunday morning timeslot for “The Sunday Show with Jonathan Capehart,” will remain employed by the network and continue to work the same hours. For now, Cross’s show will be covered by a rotating group of hosts. Possible long-term replacements have not been determined.

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