The PointBy Daniel Greenfield

"That Was One Evil Woman": Joy Reid's Ex-Colleagues

Maybe somebody hacked Joy Reid’s brain? Here’s how one African-American colleague remembers the MSNBC yakker.

MSNBC star Joy Reid physically threatened a senior colleague, accused a Republican politician of being gay on air and often referred to her hateful blog during a short-lived stint as a radio show co-host more than a decade ago, former superiors at the station told Fox News.

But now, Reid faces fresh questions over her conduct during her brief but “toxic” time as a co-host and producer of “Wake Up South Florida” on radio station WTPS 1080 AM between 2006 and 2007.

Andre Eggelletion, former lead host of the morning show with Reid, recently spoke out about her for the first time in more than a decade, saying Reid created “the most toxic work environment I’ve ever experienced” and threatened him with violence.

“It was a very unhealthy work environment because of her attitude. She attacked me on a constant basis while I was there. I was even once threatened with physical violence during a break with her,” he revealed to Fox News.

The incident was corroborated by Lee Michaels, then-national program director for Syndication One, a network of radio stations of Urban One (Radio One back then) that owned WTPS.

“It absolutely happened – 100 percent,” he told Fox News, noting that he had to put in a lot of effort to convince Eggelletion not to quit over Reid’s conduct.

“I do believe she’s not telling the truth about who that person [who wrote the blog posts] was. Maybe she has changed, but back then, that was one evil woman,” Eggelletion said.

I’ve cut this down quite a bit because there’s really not much here. Except the unsurprising revelation that working with Joy Reid wouldn’t be much fun.

The real question is why does MSNBC keep covering for Reid? She’s not talented or charismatic. She doesn’t draw much of a feeling. The lefty network has shed plenty of talent. And most of that talent was more talented than her.

So why? 

Earlier media reports were touting Reid’s ratings. But after her hacking claims, they dropped again. And when a network is betting hard on Joy Reid, to the extent of ignoring this kind of thing, it must be desperate.