MSNBC is reportedly planning to bring back contributor Sam Seder, according to The Intercept.
The move comes after the network previously opted not to renew its contract with Seder after one of his old tweets resurfaced in which he joked about director Roman Polanski raping his daughter.
“I appreciate MSNBC’s thoughtful reconsideration and willingness to understand the cynical motives of those who intentionally misrepresented my tweet for their own toxic, political purposes,” Seder said in a statement, according to The Intercept.
“We are experiencing an important and long overdue moment of empowerment for the victims of sexual assault and of reckoning for their perpetrators. I’m proud that MSNBC and its staff have set a clear example of the need to get it right.”
MSNBC president Phil Griffin said in a statement that “sometimes you just get one wrong.”
“That’s what happened here. We made our initial decision for the right reasons – because we don’t consider rape to be a funny topic to be joked about,” he said in a statement to The Intercept.
“But we’ve heard the feedback, and we understand the point Sam was trying to make in that tweet was actually in line with our values, even though the language was not. Sam will be welcome on our air going forward.”
Polanski was arrested and charged in 1977 with raping a 13-year-old girl. He took a plea bargain that included pleading guilty to lesser charges but fled the U.S. when he learned he likely faced jail time. Polanski has lived in Europe ever since.
Right-wing activist Mike Cernovich referenced Seder’s comment on Twitter last month, asking why the media was ignoring them.
“Don’t care re Polanski, but I hope if my daughter is ever raped it is by an older truly talented man w/ a great sense of mise en scene,” Seder wrote in the since-deleted tweet.
Seder said on his podcast last week that Cernovich was leading a smear campaign to drown out his criticism of President TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse Democrat slams Donald Trump Jr. for ‘serious case of amnesia’ after testimony Skier Lindsey Vonn: I don’t want to represent Trump at Olympics Poll: 4 in 10 Republicans think senior Trump advisers had improper dealings with Russia MORE and Alabama GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore.
The tweet was intended to be satirical, Seder said.