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Phil Griffin: Anchor Controversies Didn't Hurt MSNBC

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PHIL GRIFFIN
Phil Griffin, left, president of MSNBC, answers a question as Rachel Maddow, host of "The Rachel Maddow Show," looks on at the NBC Universal summer press tour, Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2011, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello) | AP

MSNBC president Phil Griffin is speaking out about the anchor controversies that have roiled his network in recent months.

The last few months have been a turbulent time for the network, marked by several major controversies that resulted in the departures of both Alec Baldwin and Martin Bashir. In a new interview, Griffin said that the network took responsibility for the missteps and reacted to them appropriately.

"Of course I've talked to everybody in the building about it -- and we move on," Griffin told the Hollywood Reporter in an interview published Wednesday. "Some of these mistakes are being played out far more inside the media world. I don't think it hurt us in any way."

The network's recent troubles started in November when Baldwin allegedly directed an anti-gay slur at a photographer. Baldwin and the network subsequently parted ways. Then, Bashir resigned after making incendiary remarks about Sarah Palin. In December, Melissa Harris-Perry came under fire for joking about Mitt Romney's adopted black grandson. All three anchors apologized, and Harris-Perry is still with the network.

The controversies have landed the network in headlines under less-than-desirable circumstances, and led to at least one notable change in MSNBC's lineup: Alex Wagner took over Bashir's timeslot at 4 p.m.

Read the full report at the Hollywood Reporter.

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