MSNBC’s Phil Griffin: ‘We Loved’ Melissa Harris-Perry’s ‘Really Terrific’ Show

By Mark Joyella 

In an interview with NPR, MSNBC president Phil Griffin says there were no plans to cancel Melissa Harris-Perry’s weekend show on the network–at least, not until the host wrote her blistering memo accusing the network of “taking” her show.

“I will not be used as a tool for their purposes. I am not a token, mammy, or little brown bobble head,” Harris-Perry wrote. “I am not owned by Lack, Griffin or MSNBC. I love our show. I want it back,” she wrote.

Griffin tells NPR’s David Folkenflik he was “surprised” by the memo. “We had a four year relationship with Melissa, where we created this really terrific program that we loved and that brought different voices and was a big part of the MSNBC sensibility.”