MSNBC announced on Friday that the network was severing all ties with host Tiffany Cross, choosing after just short of two years not to renew her Saturday show “The Cross Connection.”
Variety was first to report the news, saying that the network had not yet named a replacement and would instead be using several guest hosts on rotation until someone was chosen to take over the slot permanently. Cross was reportedly informed of the network’s decision on Friday morning, and has not yet issued a statement.
Cross often pushed the envelope on her show, and according to Mediaite, that may have set the stage for her exit. The outlet reported Friday that Cross had been warned multiple times to tone down comments that she was told did not meet MSNBC’s “standard” of coverage.
“Repeated bad behavior on and off-air. Bad judgment,” another insider reportedly shared with Fox News Digital.
What may have been the last straw, however, was something Cross said during a Thursday evening appearance with Charlamagne Tha God.
This was thought to be the “last straw” that got Tiffany Cross fired from MSNBC- she calls Florida, “the dick of the country”. Hours later she was let go. pic.twitter.com/JqEXTw7LxU
— Mike Sington (@MikeSington) November 4, 2022
During a discussion on Comedy Central’s “Hell of a Week with Charlamagne Tha God,” Cross gave her response to the prompt “One’s gotta go” — and her choices were Florida, Arizona, Georgia, and Pennsylvania.
“I say Florida literally looks like the d*** of the country, so let’s get rid of Florida,” she said, adding, “Let’s castrate Florida … Here’s the problem: Ron DeStupid, Ron DeSantis, whatever you want to call Florida man, he is so problematic.”
“The people there passed Amendment 4, which gave returning citizens, those that were formerly incarcerated the right to vote. He instituted a poll tax, he has done everything he can to keep black and brown people from the ballot, he traffics in stupidity and ignorance, and I just think they are a problem for the rest of the country,” she continued.
What Cross referred to as a “poll tax,” however, is not a tax at all — it is simply a requirement that felons must have paid any fees and restitution associated with the crime for which they were incarcerated before they regain the right to vote upon release.
Cross’ staffers at MSNBC will remain with the network.