Martin Bashir was released as host from MSNBC after making disparaging comments about former vice presidential candidate, Sarah Palin.

On his Friday, November 15 show, Bashir called Palin a "dunce" and suggested she should be subject to the same treatment as Black slaves in the U.S., which includes being urinated and defecated on.  Bashir apologized immediately, but as calls grew for him to be fired, Bashir went took a leave from work until the announcement that when will not be returning.

In a written statement, Bashir said: "After making an on-air apology, I asked for permission to take some additional time out around the Thanksgiving holiday. Upon further reflection, and after meeting with the President of MSNBC, I have tendered my resignation. It is my sincere hope that all of my colleagues, at this special network, will be allowed to focus on the issues that matter without the distraction of myself or my ill-judged comments. I deeply regret what was said, will endeavor to work hard at making constructive contributions in the future and will always have a deep appreciation for our viewers – who are the smartest, most compassionate and discerning of all television audiences. I would also wish to express deepest gratitude to my immediate colleagues, and our contributors, all of whom have given so much of themselves to our broadcast."

Bashir joined MSNBC in the summer of 2010, after six years with ABC News, part of that time as a host of "Nightline."

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