As if MSNBC anchor David Shuster wasn’t dealing with enough public and professional shame following his previously reported temporary defection to a rival network — Shuster taped a pilot for a news show at CNN and was later yanked off the air at MSNBC — his boss has now publicly flogged him in an email response to a fan.
MSNBC President Phil Griffin responded to a fan’s angry letter sent to the network threatening a boycott now that Shuster is off the air. In response, Griffin sent a short but nasty message, obtained by Mediaite.com.
“Sorry, but this is a business and I need team players,” Griffin wrote. “[Shuster] was not moral, ethical or professional and that is not fair to the 500 people who work at msnbc.” The network bigwig then signed, “Thanks for your note, Phil.”
As TVNewser reported shortly after Shuster was removed from the air, Griffin “ripped Shuster a new one over the phone” upon learning of the CNN stunt.
Shuster is currently suspended from MSNBC indefinitely, according to a network spokesperson.