It’s official: Roland Martin is out at CNN.
After a six-year run on CNN, Martin tweeted that the “new boss wants his own peeps.”
The “boss” Martin referred to is CNN President Jeff Zucker who chose not to renew Martin’s contract as a CNN commentator. Martin’s contract ends April 6.
“Roland I am really missing not hearing your view point on @CNN,” a Twitter follower wrote. Martin replied, “Sorry. Can’t book myself. My last day at @cnn is April 6.”
Martin is known for his straight-forward, in-your-face analysis and fans say Martin is one of the few television commentators who keeps it real by articulating a black perspective on-air.
“I’ve worked hard to ensure that my voice wasn’t heard in one place,” Martin told Richard Prince, who writes a popular diversity column, “Journal-isms,” for the Maynard Institute. “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,” Martin added, “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.”