Phil Donahue Talks About his Short Stint at MSNBC During Run-up to Iraq War

By Chris Ariens 

Remember 2002? The wounds of 9/11 were still raw, the coalition was finishing up (or so we thought) operations in Afghanistan and the U.S. was looking ahead to an invasion of Iraq. Somewhere in between, that summer actually, MSNBC made a huge promotional push for its new primetime show, “Donahue” with legendary talk show host Phil Donahue.

The show lasted less than six months. Tonight on CNN’s Parker-Spitzer, Donahue reprises what many of you have heard before: that his anti-war stand was not good business.

“I didn’t make it to the invasion. I was gone … the invasion was March of ’03 and I was gone in January.”