Anti-Israel Host Mehdi Hasan Quits MSNBC After Network Scraps His Show

Mehdi Hasan (MSNBC)
January 8, 2024

MSNBC's Mehdi Hasan announced Sunday evening that he was leaving the network after the final episode of his show following its cancellation.

"I've decided that it's time for me to look for a new challenge," Hasan said on air. "Tonight is not just my final episode of the Mehdi Hasan Show. It's my last day with MSNBC. Yes, I've decided to leave. To be clear, I am so proud—so so proud—of what we've achieved on this show, on this network, and I can't thank you all enough for tuning in and for your support and for your feedback. But, as I say, new year, new plans."

The announcement comes just over a month after the network announced that it was ending his show, which aired Sunday nights on the network and Tuesday on Peacock. At the time, one report from Semafor said Hasan would stay with the network as an "on-camera analyst and fill-in host."

Hasan, since the beginning of Israel's war on Hamas, has heavily criticized the Jewish state's conduct in the conflict.

In November, he accused Israel of spreading "endless disinformation" in a combative interview with Israeli government adviser Mark Regev. He also claimed in the same segment that statements from several members of the Israeli government, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, "cannot be heard as anything other than calls for genocide or ethnic cleansing around the world."

Hasan implied in October that Israel was responsible for an explosion at Al Ahli hospital in Gaza, but that claim was later discredited by American intelligence.

"Given how confident they are about who is to blame for the hospital deaths," Hasan wrote on X, formerly Twitter, "Israeli authorities should allow foreign journalists & international war crimes investigators into Gaza to see for themselves; to gather evidence at the scene; to interview eyewitnesses. And yet…"

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