There had been talk of his departure more than a month ago, but now it’s official: Roland Martin is leaving CNN.
In a tweet, Martin said his last day is April 8. The Hollywood Reporter reports that Martin tweeted at another point that he was leaving because the “new boss wants his own peeps.”
Of course, the new boss is Jeff Zucker, who has been cleaning house since he took the top job at CNN in recent months.
Martin went into further detail in an email to Politico, saying that he will miss “the folks I tried to speak for and represent the most when I was on the air: the men and the women who worked on the crew; the security guards; and even the janitorial workers. Those were the people I most spoke for; those were the people who would cheer me on as I walked down the streets, in the grocery store; and at airports.”
Taking a dip into more melodramatic waters, Martin added, “In my final days at CNN when I’m on the air, 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.”
He also reiterated — both in his statement and in a tweet — that he “won’t be silenced” even though he’ll no longer be with the cable network. He says he will continue with the “Tom Joyner Morning Show,” his TV One program Washington Watch, and his nationally syndicated column.
Martin has been a contributor with CNN for six years. A number of other contributors, including James Carville and Mary Matalin, have also recently left the network.