During is absence MSNBC had maintained that the host was on vacation.
Bashir said in a the letter:
After making an on-air apology, I asked for permission to take some additional time out around the Thanksgiving holiday.MSNBC President Phil Griffin reacted to the
Upon further reflection, and after meeting with the President of MSNBC, I have tendered my resignation. It is my sincere hope that all of my colleagues, at this special network, will be allowed to focus on the issues that matter without the distraction of myself or my ill-judged comments.
I deeply regret what was said, will endeavor to work hard at making constructive contributions in the future and will always have a deep appreciation for our viewers – who are the smartest, most compassionate and discerning of all television audiences. I would also wish to express deepest gratitude to my immediate colleagues, and our contributors, all of whom have given so much of themselves to our broadcast.’
"Martin Bashir resigned today, effective immediately. 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."Obviously Bashir had to go especially after MSNBC cancelled Alec Baldwin for a homophobic statement he made in anger in the middle of a street, Bashir's statement was scripted and made on air. The two week disappearance was done to see if things calmed down. If they had Bashir would have been back, but sites like TruthRevolt (which I write for) kept the pressure on, thus Griffin had to give Bashir his walking papers.
It is interesting that even when he announced the Bashir "resignation" Griffin did not condemn Bashir's comments, meaning there is probably more gutter remarks coming from MSNBC.