Mika Brzezinski's Weinstein Book Deal Is Still Off, Despite His Firing
The MSNBC anchor wants the company's culture to change first, she said on Monday morning.
Despite Harvey Weinstein's termination from the company he co-founded, Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski is still planning to nix a three-book deal she has with Weinstein Books (through Hachette Book Group).
Brzezinski tweeted on Saturday that she planned to pull out of the deal unless "unless Harvey resigns," but that was a day before the Weinstein Company fired Harvey Weinstein after he was alleged of sexual harassment by multiple women. She clarified in a statement on Sunday that the deal is not happening "until such time that he is no longer associated with the company."
A source with knowledge of the deal confirmed that, as far as Brzezinski is concerned, the deal is off. She discussed Weinstein on Monday's edition of Morning Joe.
"I said I would not do the book deal unless he [resigned]," Brzezinski said. "I have to say, though, I want more. I want to know that this company does not embrace sexual abusers, sexual harassers. And I want to have a conversation with them before I move forward, because this is step one. Step two is having a wider conversation about the culture within an organization. That, of course, starts at the top."
Brzezinski said she's worked with an "incredible" team of women at Hachette, and, she said, "I look forward to working with them more, so I hope this works out."
"Hachette Book Group will honor its contracts with writers who have come to us via Weinstein Books," the company said in a statement. "We will consider all of our options going forward, keeping support for our authors foremost."
Brzezinski, on Monday's show, celebrated the actress Meryl Streep for speaking out about Weinstein's behavior. "I love it," she said. "Good for her. At a time like this, we need to hear from powerful women who have aligned themselves, benefited from, gotten money from Harvey Weinstein in any way, whether it's political or Hollywood-related. Because we then give voice to the women who don't have a voice. So, speak out."