Mark Halperin Out (For Now) as NBC News Contributor After Harassment Claims
MSNBC has not yet said whether Halperin will return to 'Morning Joe.'
Following a Wednesday evening report that detailed five allegations of sexual harassment against NBC News and MSNBC senior political analyst Mark Halperin, the network is severing ties with him, at least for now.
"We find the story and the allegations very troubling," the network said in a statement on Thursday morning. "Mark Halperin is leaving his role as a contributor until the questions around his past conduct are fully understood."
Halperin, a veteran political reporter and author, is a regular guest on Morning Joe. The co-hosts of the show addressed the Halperin report on Thursday morning's show, but did not say anything definitive about whether he would be welcome back as a guest. A spokesman for NBCUniversal News Group said the company has nothing more to add on that front.
"Now to a story that broke overnight involving someone you see around this table every day," Mika Brzezinski said on the show. "CNN is reporting allegations regarding our friend Mark Halperin during his time at ABC News over a decade ago, unnamed sources detailing unwanted advances and inappropriate behavior. ... We are going to be following this story as it develops. I’m sure we are going to be talking about it again when we know more about it.”
Halperin apologized for his conduct in a statement on Wednesday, and said that he is pulling back from his day-to-day work "while I properly deal with this situation."
He rejoined NBC News and MSNBC in February after a stint hosting a television show for Bloomberg that was briefly broadcast on MSNBC as well.