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MSNBC Fires Employee Who Sent Out Controversial Tweet THR

MSNBC has fired the employee who sent out a tweet that dipped into racially sensitive territory, The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed reports.

As previously reported, MSNBC deleted the tweet after receiving complaints from conservatives about the message, which focused on a Cheerios Super Bowl ad that depicts a biracial family. The tweet read, “Maybe the rightwing will hate it, but everyone else will go awww: the adorable new #Cheerios ad w/ biracial family."

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus responded to the tweet by calling for a Republican boycott of the network. In a letter to MSNBC President Phil Griffin sent Thursday morning, Priebus complained that MSNBC had been engaging in “demeaning attacks” against Republicans.

“With increasing frequency many of your hosts have personally denigrated and demeaned Americans -- especially conservative and Republican Americans -- without even attempting to further meaningful political dialogue,” Priebus wrote.

Griffin responded with a statement that said the tweet was “outrageous and unacceptable.” He added: "We have dismissed the person responsible for the tweet. I personally apologize to Mr. Priebus and to everyone offended. At MSNBC we believe in passionate, strong debate about the issues and we invite voices from all sides to participate. That will never change."

Thumbnail image for phil griffin.pngPhil Griffin