Roland Martin’s tenure at CNN hasn’t always been smooth sailing. To say he’s ruffled feathers would be an understatement. Martin has never believed in biting his tongue, regardless how asinine some of his comments could possibly be perceived. Last year, Martin was suspended from CNN after he published several tweets during the Super Bowl that GLAAD and others criticized for being homophobic.
“If a dude at your Super Bowl party is hyped about David Beckham’s H&M underwear ad, smack the ish out of him!” he said in one tweet. In another, Martin wrote, “Who the hell was that New England Patriot they just showed in a head to toe pink suit? Oh, he needs a visit from #teamwhipdatass.”
Yesterday on Twitter, Martin revealed his last day on CNN is April 6th. He also alluded to the fact that Jeff Zucker, CNN’s new president, is cleaning house and bringing in his ‘own peeps’.
@celebritykarlos new boss wants his own peeps
— rolandsmartin (@rolandsmartin) March 19, 2013
“My agents notified me that they had been informed that at the conclusion of the two month extension granted in February, my last day at CNN would be April 6.
“I have thoroughly enjoyed my little over six years there. There are many folks I will miss dearly, especially wonderful colleagues like Josanne Lopez, Soledad O’Brien, Ali Velshi, and so many bookers and producers.
“But I also miss the folks I tried to speak for and represent the most when I was on the air: the men and the women who worked on the crew; the security guards; and even the janitorial workers. Those were the people I most spoke for; those were the people who would cheer me on as I walked down the streets, in the grocery store; and at airports.
“I have had the likes of Harry Belafonte, Sidney Poitier, Spike Lee, Halle Berry, and others in sports and entertainment thank me for being an unwavering and unapologetic voice of truth, and unwilling to back down when someone needed to stand up.
“Before I signed with CNN, I sat in the lobby of 1 Time Warner Center and said, ‘God, if it’s your will to be here, then so be it.’ I said the same these last two months.
“I’ve worked hard to ensure that my voice wasn’t heard in one place. I will continue with my show on TV One, a network I was with before CNN; will continue my daily segment on the Tom Joyner Morning Show; and will continue my nationally syndicated column.
“In my final days at CNN when I’m on the air, I will to do as the Tuskegee Airmen did, fight to the last hour, last minute, last second, for what is right. And I will do that as long as there is breath in my body.”
Earlier this month, CNN’s “Black In America” creator, Soledad O’Brien, also announced her departure from CNN. CNN spokesperson Edie Emery would not confirm Martin’s accusations about Zucker cleaning house, but did state the network was not renewing Martin’s contract.