* On June 30, 2011, Halperin sparked controversy with a comment he made as a guest on the Morning Joe news-talk program hosted by Joe Scarborough. Suggesting that President Barack Obama had been “posturing” over a spending-cut/tax-hike deal with the Republicans, Halperin — mistakenly believing that the program was on a seven-second delay (allowing for objectionable language to be filtered out before airing) — said: “I thought he [Obama] was kind of a dick yesterday.” Shortly after the program, Halperin was suspended indefinitely by MSNBC for what the network described as his “completely inappropriate and unacceptable” remark. Halperin likewise offered his “heartfelt and profound apology to the president, to my MSNBC colleagues and to the viewers.” His suspension was lifted in early August 2011.
* On October 26, 2017, CNN reported the following:
Veteran journalist Mark Halperin sexually harassed women while he was in a powerful position at ABC News [a number of years earlier], according to five women who shared their previously undisclosed accounts with CNN and others who did not experience the alleged harassment personally, but were aware of it.
“During this period, I did pursue relationships with women that I worked with, including some junior to me,” Halperin said in a statement to CNN Wednesday night. “I now understand from these accounts that my behavior was inappropriate and caused others pain. For that, I am deeply sorry and I apologize. Under the circumstances, I’m going to take a step back from my day-to-day work while I properly deal with this situation.”
MSNBC, where Halperin makes frequent appearances on “Morning Joe,” said early Thursday that Halperin would leave his roles at that network and as an analyst at NBC News.
“We find the story and the allegations very troubling,” MSNBC said in a statement. “Mark Halperin is leaving his role as a contributor until the questions around his past conduct are fully understood.”