Saturday, February 28, 2015

Al Sharpton on show cancellation rumors: I am staying at MSNBC

Rev. Al Sharpton Holds News Conference At National Action Network's OfficeAl Sharpton and MSNBC have responded to the rumors circulating this week that his prime time show on the cable network is about to be cancelled.

“I am pretty certain that I am solid at the time period that I’m at for the next foreseeable future. And any rumors to the contrary are totally unfounded," Sharpton told The Daily Beast during a phone interview.

When reached for comment, a spokesperson for MSNBC confirmed, "there are no plans to move Rev. Sharpton’s show.” It is also reported that Sharpton recently signed a new 5 year contract with MSNBC.

Sharpton also responded further about the new James O'Keefe undercover video about him.

“What money is there in police brutality? What are they talking about? It’s insane. Are you telling me that if a family sues, then an Al Sharpton would say, ‘All right, I’m gonna lay out all this money and three years from now—if you may get some money, which nobody knows—y’all will give me a kickback.’

“I would risk my seven-figure salary from NBC and from radio? For what? I mean, come on! If you don’t think I’m ethical, at least say ‘He’s got good sense.’ It is the most ridiculous thing in the world!”

“I’ve been accused of many things. Stupid ain’t one of them," Sharpton said.

Most of the rumors about Sharpton's show being cancelled by MSNBC are being fueled by an article by The Daily Mail. Lloyd Grove said that the Daily Mail embellished a story that he wrote  about the current show cancellations taking place at MSNBC.

"The British tabloid’s O’Reilly-esque embellishment of my story last week that included speculation about Sharpton’s longterm future—which proved once again that the good reverend is Human Velcro for hairballs of controversy—capped an especially eventful few days for the 60-year-old cable news personality and civil rights impresario.," Grove wrote.

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