MSNBC will not renew a contract with contributor Sam Seder due to an old tweet where Seder joked about the film director Roman Polanski raping his daughter, according to a new report.
Seder, a comedian, writer, and TV pundit has no scheduled appearances between now and February, which is when his contract expires, a spokesperson for MSNBC told The Wrap. Someone familiar with the situation told The Wrap that MSNBC’s decision to not renew their contract with Seder directly correlated to the tweet about his daughter and Polanski. “Internally there was disgust over the tweet,” the person said.
“Don’t care re Polanski, but I hope if my daughter is ever raped it is by an older truly talented man w/a great sense of mise en scene,” wrote Seder in the now deleted tweet from 2009.
Seder brought up the old tweet on Thursday and accused right-wing activist and media personality Mike Cernovich of ruining his reputation for bringing the old tweet back to the public light. Seder also bashed Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore who has been accused of sexual misconduct by over nine women, many of whom are minors.
“This smear involves the willful misinterpretation of a tweet that I posted in 2009,” Seder said. “I will never be ashamed of criticizing those who would excuse the predation of women or girls. And I certainly won’t be quiet about Roy Moore or a conservative movement that which would defend his actions so they could get his vote in the Senate.”
Seder said the tweet was supposed to be a joke and that he “deleted it out of expedience.”
The Daily Caller News Foundation reached out to an NBC spokesperson, but did not receive a response in time for publication.
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