Martin Bashir to Exit MSNBC

Following continued criticism of an on-air tirade against former Republican vice president nominee, Sarah Palin, Martin Bashir has announced he'll be stepping down from his daytime position at MSNBC.

In an email posted on Mediaite today, Bashir said:

"After making an on-air apology, I asked for permission to take some additional time out around the Thanksgiving holiday.

Upon further reflection, and after meeting with the President of MSNBC, I have tendered my resignation. It is my sincere hope that all of my colleagues, at this special network, will be allowed to focus on the issues that matter without the distraction of myself or my ill-judged comments.

I deeply regret what was said, will endeavor to work hard at making constructive contributions in the future and will always have a deep appreciation for our viewers - who are the smartest, most compassionate and discerning of all television audiences. I would also wish to express deepest gratitude to my immediate colleagues, and our contributors, all of whom have given so much of themselves to our broadcast."

MSNBC President Phil Griffin released a statement later this afternoon, confirming his departure from the news network:

"Martin Bashir resigned today, effective immediately. I understand his decision and I thank him for three great years with msnbc. Martin is a good man and respected colleague - we wish him only the best."

Bashir had previously been on a week-long 'vacation' from the network after his apology. The anchor's resignation comes only two weeks after Alec Baldwin was fired following a rant against the paparazzi, consisting of of homophobic slurs.

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