It seems that MSNBC’s Joy Reid has quite the professional history. On Thursday, Fox News reported that the talking head allegedly “physically threatened a senior colleague, accused a Republican politician of being gay on air and often referred to her hateful blog during a short-lived stint as a radio show co-host more than a decade ago,” citing former bosses at the station.
One of those former superiors described Reid as an “evil woman” in those days, Fox said.
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Andre Eggelletion, former lead host of the morning show with Reid, recently spoke out about her for the first time in more than a decade, saying Reid created “the most toxic work environment I’ve ever experienced” and threatened him with violence.
“It was a very unhealthy work environment because of her attitude. She attacked me on a constant basis while I was there. I was even once threatened with physical violence during a break with her,” he revealed to Fox News.
The incident was corroborated by Lee Michaels, then-national program director for Syndication One, a network of radio stations of Urban One (Radio One back then) that owned WTPS.
“It absolutely happened — 100 percent,” Michaels told Fox News, further stating that a lot of effort went into convincing Eggelletion not to quit over her conduct.
According to the report, Reid refused to cover a story Eggelletion suggested to her, telling Fox, “There was a dispute over it and I told her, ‘Go ahead and call the manager.'”
Higher-ups at the station ultimately issued a stern warning to Reid to either change her behavior or be terminated.
“I talked to the general manager and I told him this has to be dealt with in a very firm manner because it was inappropriate and it just can’t be tolerated,” Michaels said.
Yet, Fox added, “Reid was said to have been stubborn in continuing the confrontation with Eggelletion, once allegedly telling the general manager during a meeting that ‘Y’all want me to be his friend. I don’t want to be his mother——g friend.'”
Fox further stated that “MSNBC declined to comment for this story.”
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