While it’s hard to blame Maddow, or anyone in her position, for not wanting to take on more work than what was agreed to her in her $30 million contract. The controversial agreement sent shockwaves through the network.
Those who managed to make it out of MSNBC’s mass firing earlier this year, which reportedly laid off 70 staffers, were not pleased to learn that the star anchor was pocketing a hefty paycheck while lower-level and behind-the-scenes employees faced the brunt of low ratings.
“Rachel has gone from being the hero of the network to the most hated,” an insider dished back in January. “People in TV are not rich. The hosts are rich. Everyone else is struggling to pay their rents and raise their families.”