Pat Buchanan spoke out for the first time about his absence from MSNBC on a Monday radio show.
Speaking to conservative host Hugh Hewitt, Buchanan denied reports that he has been officially suspended from the network following the release of a controversial book, "Suicide of a Superpower," which claims that America's European values are being drowned by waves of immigration. Buchanan has not been seen on MSNBC since Oct. 22.
On Saturday, MSNBC president Phil Griffin acknowledged that Buchanan had been barred from the network indefinitely and said it was unclear whether or not he would return. In Griffin's telling, Buchanan had been made aware that he was being formally taken off MSNBC for the time being.
But Buchanan told Hewitt that this was news to him:
Listen (via The Daily Caller):
"I've had some medical issues at the end of the year which were pretty problematic, and so I've sort of been out of speaking and things like that. I've started back writing the column in December, and I've got the column going, and I'm doing 'McLaughlin Group.' But we haven't gotten back up on MSNBC. On Drudge Report, somebody said I've been suspended. I don't know anything about that."
Some of Buchanan's controversial statements.