MSNBC parts ways with weekend host Tiffany Cross

MSNBC severed ties with Tiffany Cross, an outspoken weekend presenter who provided a forum for issues important to the black community.

A person familiar with the matter, who was not authorized to speak publicly and asked not to be identified, said the NBCUniversal-owned channel decided not to renew the contract of The Cross Connection host.

The production staff for the program have been told it will be retained and work is being done on the replacement for the Saturday morning hour.

An MSNBC representative declined to comment.

Cross’s Saturday time slot is expected to go to Jonathan Capehart, who currently hosts “The Sunday Show” on MSNBC. The network may also be making room for former White House press secretary Jen Psaki, who was hired earlier this year.

Cross is a political analyst and writer who got his start in television as a producer for CNN and BET. Her appearances as a commentator on Joy Reid’s MSNBC program resulted in her earning a weekend spot on MSNBC in late 2020.

According to Nielsen data, Cross attracted more than 500,000 weekly viewers, making it one of the top-rated weekend shows on MSNBC. Black viewers made up 35% of their audience.

The presenter caused a stir last month with a slip-up she made while commenting on Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa’s recent concussions. Cross said Tagovailoa’s treatment showed white NFL coaches don’t protect “black bodies.” The Dolphins’ head coach, Mike McDaniel, is multiracial.

An MSNBC representative declined to comment on whether the bug played a role in the decision not to keep Cross.

https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/business/story/2022-11-04/msnbc-weekend-host-tiffany-cross-nfl-cable-news MSNBC parts ways with weekend host Tiffany Cross

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