MSNBC host Tiffany Cross speaks out after being fired by network for crude Florida comment

Former MSNBC host Tiffany Cross broke her silence on the sudden cancellation of her show Friday.

Cross hosted The Cross Connection for the last two years. The network has decided not to renew her contract. Her staff, however, will stay on at the network in different roles.

“I am disheartened to learn of MSNBC’s decision to cancel The Cross Connection, at such a crucial time — four days before the midterm elections. From the beginning, we were intentional about centering communities of color, elevating issues and voices often ignored by the mainstream media, and disrupting the echo chambers. As a result, viewers consistently made The Cross Connection MSNBC’s highest-rated weekend show,” she wrote in a statement.


while The Cross Connection was the network’s 16th most popular show, with 11 of its predecessors bleeding its audience members, according to an internal MSNBC memo, it averaged “the 2nd most African-American viewers of any weekend cable news show,” with the show in first place being Politics Nation with Al Sharpton. Within the first quarter of this year, the show saw a 32% increase in viewership among viewers 25-54. Cross said her monthly audience included as many as 4.6 million.

“Now is not the time to retreat to politics or Journalism as usual. It is my hope that the last two years at MSNBC have been disruptive and transformative, changing how politics are discussed and making policy more digestible,” Cross wrote. “While this Journey ended abruptly, surprising many of us, my work is not done. Political violence is increasing and it’s becoming inherently more dangerous to speak the truth. But, after more than 20 years in Journalism, I will not stop. The attacks on me from other outlets and former hosts will never control my narrative.”

Cross was fresh off the heels of a feud with YouTube journalist Megyn Kelly, formerly of NBC. Kelly called Cross the “most racist person on television,” and Cross referred to Kelly as “the blackface expert.” Most recently, Cross railed against Florida because it “literally looks like the d**k of the country.”


Online liberal media outlet The Young Turks is actively looking to hire her, according to founder Cenk Uygur.

In the meantime, the network will be cycling through various hosts in Cross’s former time slot.