Former MSNBC host Mehdi Hasan is set to join The Guardian, following his unexpected exit from MSNBC.
Reports indicate that Hasan will become a regular columnist for The Guardian US, with his inaugural column urging President Joe Biden to halt the “genocide” in Gaza.
“I have been poring over columns in the Guardian since I was a teenager. Now I get to write some of my own, in what is perhaps one of the busiest and biggest news years of my lifetime,” Hasan said. “It’s a huge honor and a privilege.”
The Guardian US Editor Betsy Reed lauded Hasan’s recruitment, citing his commitment to human rights, free speech, and holding those in power accountable.
“We’re proud to provide a platform for his incisive political commentary, relentless advocacy for human rights and free speech, and fearless accountability for those in power,” she said.
“Mehdi is the latest addition to a stellar, expanding roster of opinion writers here at Guardian US, and I look forward to his contributions in the months ahead.”
Hasan announced his departure from MSNBC during a live broadcast on January 7, following the cancellation of his program, “The Mehdi Hasan Show.”
“It’s been an absolute blast doing this live show on MSNBC for the past three years with an amazing team of producers behind me and with all of you watching at home … But, as we begin 2024 with an election coming, a war still ongoing and too many Trump trials — honestly to even keep track of — and with this show going away, I’ve decided that it’s time for me to look for a new challenge. Tonight is not just my final episode of The Mehdi Hasan Show, it’s my last day with MSNBC,” Hasan articulated during his farewell.
MSNBC decided to cancel Hasan’s show in late November, opting to extend Ayman Mohyeldin’s program to two hours, as reported by Max Tani of Semafor. Hasan faced criticism for his comments on the Israel-Hamas conflict, attributing blame to Israel for the war. He had previously made controversial remarks about non-Muslims and gay people, for which he issued an apology in 2019.
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