The TV world can be so cold. When you’re out, you’re out. And sometimes sooner than you might expect.
There are 17 days left on Roland Martin’s CNN contract. But the powers that be appear to be shutting it down early. With his contract ending April 6, some producers have been informed not to book him, FishbowlDC has learned. We knew something was awry when we noticed Martin hadn’t tweeted his usual #bringthefunk alert on Twitter that he’d be appearing on Erin Burnette’s “Out Front,” which he hasn’t done in a month. On Wednesday he tweeted that he did Canadian TV. The Canadians can find time to bring Martin’s funk, but not CNN?
Let’s get this straight. That semi-usual appearance he had on Thursdays during Carol Costello’s slot? Gone. It’s been three weeks since he appeared on her program and months since he appeared on “The Situation Room.” He was also non-existent during CNN Inauguration coverage in January. A final appearance on his close friend, Soledad O’Brien’s program, which ends next week? That appears to be a dead end proposition, too.
Martin’s fierce Twittering following is not pleased. “I’m certainly going to miss you on CNN,” wrote Pasadena, Calif. resident Carolee Reed. “I cant believe that the two people who always kept it real are leaving.” (Person number two being O’Brien, she explains.) Ebony Shamberger, a UNC J-School student, was dumfounded. “Leaving CNN on April 6 — what?” she wrote in response to Reed.
Martin isn’t the only one being given the shaft. Conservative radio host Dana Loesch, once a CNN Contributor, had silently disappeared for many months only to be lured back by CNN’s Piers Morgan to fight about guns rights. But it was never clear. Was she there as a contributor or just a guest?
That all became abundantly clearer last night as she appeared on FNC’s Sean Hannity’s program. If she was still under contract with CNN, there’s no way they would’ve allowed her to sneak over for a hit on FNC.
We sought comment from CNN and Martin.