At the top of Saturday morning’s broadcast of AM Joy, MSNBC host Joy Reid addressed the scandal revolving around homophobic blog posts that she had allegedly written more than a decade ago. Acknowledging that the cyber-security expert she hired could not prove that the posts were not hers, Reid said she didn’t believe she “wrote those hateful things” but understood why many people wouldn’t believe her.
Reid would go on to apologize for transphobic tweets she sent out about Ann Coulter, adding that she came from a household that was conservative on LGBT issues and that she is not the same person she was 10 years or “even one year ago.” She then hosted a lengthy panel discussing her LGBT matters and the old blog posts and tweets. (For the most part, the panel of LGBT activists praised Reid for both her recent work and her monologue addressing the issue.)
In response to Reid’s show opener, many of Reid’s MSNBC colleagues rallied around her, sending out supportive tweets and lauding her for discussing the issue. Most noteworthy was the network’s biggest star, who had been the subject of some of the recently circulated blog posts:
Brains, guts, heart and soul — beloved Joy Reid has always been a treasured and brilliant colleague, but I've never been prouder to work with her than I am now. https://t.co/J95uL3CjMv
— Rachel Maddow MSNBC (@maddow) April 28, 2018
On top of Rachel Maddow stating “I’ve never been prouder to work with her than I am now,” we had Nicolle Wallace applauding Reid for “eloquently” expressing “remorse and regret” over something she had said in the past.
Everyone of us will walk in @JoyAnnReid ‘s shoes some day – filled with remorse and regret over something we have said or done, but I predict that few will do so this eloquently. Sending support and admiration to you and your amazing panel and team @JoyAnnReid https://t.co/qV26Rcy6D9
— Nicolle Wallace (@NicolleDWallace) April 28, 2018
MSNBC anchor Craig Melvin said how proud he was of Reid while noting that if “you have never evolved on anything, that’s pretty sad.”
— Craig Melvin (@craigmelvin) April 28, 2018
Former MSNBC host Thomas Roberts tweeted that he watched Reid with “great pride” while mentioning that the two of them had covered LGBTQ issues over the past decade.
— Thomas Roberts (@ThomasARoberts) April 28, 2018
Stephanie Ruhle said Reid “spoke from her heart” and made her “want to be better.”
Watching @JoyAnnReid always makes me feel smarter
Today @JoyAnnReid spoke from her heart & made me want to be better.
Thank you to my brave, bold, beautiful colleague & friend.#joytotheworld #trustmorelovemore https://t.co/EPJDATtpcY
— Stephanie Ruhle (@SRuhle) April 28, 2018
Ruhle’s Velshi & Ruhle co-host Ali Velshi sent Reid some “Big Love.”
Big Love to @JoyAnnReid AND her brave panel for taking this issue head on and moving our understanding of LGBTQ issues forward
— Ali Velshi (@AliVelshi) April 28, 2018
The Last Word’s Lawrence O’Donnell called Reid’s panel a “moving and important moment.”
A moving and important moment https://t.co/NqzTVCl9WY
— Lawrence O'Donnell (@Lawrence) April 28, 2018
Former MSNBC and NBC News anchor Tamron Hall tweeted that she was on a plane watching the “must see” panel.
— Tamron Hall (@tamronhall) April 28, 2018
And MSNBC contributor Malcolm Nance — who has suggested Reid is the victim of alt-right hacking — stated Saturday’s broadcast was a “teachable” and “historic moment.”
#ImWithJoyReid. America truly has heroes @MSNBC & I support them. As a Parent of a gay child I am proud to be her friend. My family are proud of this teachable moment on @amjoyshow. It was historic. Now, America quit your lollygagging & get back to work!
— Malcolm Nance (@MalcolmNance) April 28, 2018