Bashir quits MSNBC over anti-Palin jibe

MSNBC TV host Martin Bashir resigned from the network today, nearly three weeks after making graphic remarks on the air about former Alaska governor Sarah Palin.

Bashir quits MSNBC over anti-Palin jibe

MSNBC TV host Martin Bashir resigned from the network today, nearly three weeks after making graphic remarks on the air about former Alaska governor Sarah Palin.

In an email, Mr Bashir expressed hope that the network could move beyond the distraction of what he called “my ill-judged comments”.

Last month, Mr Bashir had suggested that someone defecate in Mrs Palin’s mouth because of a statement she made comparing the United States’ indebtedness to China with slavery.

He apologised days later. But controversy continued to rage.

Mr Bashir’s exit after three years at MSNBC leaves a hole in the network’s afternoon schedule.

His remarks, and subsequent departure, have coincided with MSNBC’s firing of Alec Baldwin from his weekly talk show after two weeks for using an anti-gay slur in a New York City street encounter.

Mr Bashir first came to prominence when he interviewed Diana, Princess of Wales.

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