Breaking: MSNBC host Martin Bashir is leaving the network.
Bashir hasn’t been on the air since Nov. 22. MSNBC said he was on a pre-planned vacation, but we’ve learned he resigned today. The departure follows comments he made about Sarah Palin on his Friday, Nov. 15 show.
Bashir called Palin a “dunce” and suggested she might be a candidate for the same treatment slaves received from a plantation owner named Thomas Thistewood: being urinated and defecated on.
After demands for an apology, he apologized, but remained on the air. As calls for a suspension grew louder, Bashir anchored the rest of the week before going on that vacation.
Bashir joined MSNBC in the summer of 2010, after six years with ABC News, part of that time as a host of “Nightline.”
More: Comments from Bashir and MSNBC president Phil Griffin after the jump…