MSNBC, the cable news channel that airs Bashir's self-titled program, says he is "on vacation."
Bashir is under temporary suspension after making crude remarks about Palin on his show Nov. 15. Palin accepted the apology, but conservatives demanded some form of punishment for Bashir.
Bashir's original remarks were a response to Palin's comparing the United States' debt to China to slavery. He called her a "world-class idiot" before describing the inhumane treatment a certain slave owner had used and suggesting Palin be given a dose of the same treatment.