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Top podcaster and former Fox News star Megyn Kelly wasted no time celebrating the firing of former MSNBC host Tiffany Cross during her Friday show.
Kelly and her guest, fellow conservative broadcaster Dana Loesch, both honed in on Cross’s frequent anti-white diatribes, while Kelly described Cross as “the most racist person in all of television.”
“I have some good news. I have some good news,” Kelly told Loesch as she returned from a break. “Tiffany Cross, the most racist person in all of television and in particular on MSNBC, just got fired.”
“Pooor Tiffany,” she added mockingly, recounting briefly some of Cross’s past racist speech. “So, joy, oh joy. Tiffany Cross is gone!”
Loesch noted in the full clip that she had to “really think hard and remember who” Cross is before adding that she gets why MSNBC would let her go.
“It’s kind of hard to sell ads on, you know, some Karen screaming about, you know, all of these grievances that she sees everywhere that don’t actually exist, and she doesn’t even have her facts straight on half of it all the time, or any of it all the time,” she said.
For her part, and perhaps not unexpectedly, Cross responded to her firing by blaming racism.
“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 said, Mediaite reported.
“Fresh off the heels of a ‘racial reckoning,’ as so many have called it, we see that with progress there is always backlash. 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. It was the opportunity of a lifetime to create a show the culture would be proud to keep trending every weekend,” the former host said.
“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.
“Thank you to my community and fans for your overwhelming advocacy and support. Thank you to the more than 4.6 million monthly viewers. And thank you to the team who worked so hard each week. I will be forever grateful. See you soon!” she said.
It’s possible that Fox News star Tucker Carlson may have had something to do with Cross’s abrupt firing.
In a monologue last week, Carlson recounted the early 1990s history of ethnic cleansing in Rwanda, when a Hutu broadcast began targeting the country’s main ethnic group, the Tutsis, which, several months later, was followed by horrific violence against Tutsis, in which nearly 500,000 were killed.
Carlson then compared the Rwandan timeline to the racist diatribes broadcast daily on MSNBC, coming mostly from former host Cross and another network star, Joy Reid, both of whom are black.
“Given that opposing racism is America’s national religion, it may surprise you to learn that open race hate forms much of the substance of that channel’s programming and when we say race hate, we’re not referring to the subtle coded variety. You want border security? You’re giving your kids piano lessons? You like Shakespeare? You believe it in the SAT? You must be a racist. That’s not what we’re talking about,” Carlson said. “We’re talking about the kind of race hate you cannot mistake for anything else. The kind of people just come out and announce, ‘I hate this race of people and here’s why I do.’”
“It’s hard to believe that anything like that is happening right now on American television, but it is out in the open and the most amazing and the most creepy part of all is that no one is saying anything about it,” he said.
After playing several clips of both Cross and Reid, as well as their mostly black guests disparaging whites, Carlson remarked: “This is Hutu Radio, but it’s not an independent radio station in an African country. It’s part of one of the biggest news organizations in the world, part of the biggest telecommunications company in the United States, Comcast, which owns it. So, you have to ask yourself, what does Comcast’s board think of this?” he asked.
“Comcast’s board is mostly White people. White people who, according to the channel they own, decided they wanted something, then they annexed it – White people who steal because they’re White, White people who could “turn to violence” when they don’t get their way. White people are going crazy, endangering their communities,” he continued.
“So, you have to ask yourself, why are they putting this on the air? Why are they allowing this?”