The unraveling of Mark Halperin's once-soaring media career continues: NBC News and MSNBC have fired him in the wake of multiple allegations of sexual harassment lodged by women who once worked with him. Halperin had been a political analyst for NBC and a frequent guest on MSNBC's Morning Joe program, notes CNN. The allegations are from five women who worked with Halperin when he was at ABC News. He has apologized for his treatment of the women but denied the more salacious claims, including that he pressed his genitals against women and masturbated in front of them. He denies any nonconsensual sexual contact.
The termination of his NBC contract is just the latest hit to Halperin's career. HBO canceled an adaptation of an upcoming book about the 2016 race, reports the New York Times, and publisher Penguin Press then canceled the book itself, which had been due in the spring. The book had been highly anticipated, given that Halperin's account of the 2008 race, Game Change, had been a best-seller and helped secure Halperin's reputation as a political analyst. (Read more Mark Halperin stories.)