Martin Bashir has announced his resignation, effective immediately, from MSNBC.
The host’s departure follows his controversial comments about Sarah Palin on Nov. 15, in which he called her a “world-class idiot” for comparing the federal debt to slavery, and suggested others should “sh–” in the former Alaska governor’s mouth for the remark.
Bashir released the following statement:
MSNBC President Phil Griffin also issued a statement on Bashir’s resignation, stating, “I understand his decision and I thank him for three great years with MSNBC. Martin is a good man and respected colleague — we wish him only the best.”
Bashir’s departure leaves the network’s 4 p.m. hour vacant, with a replacement expected to be announced in the coming weeks.