Tonight MSNBC Host Ed Schultz apologized at the top of the hour of his 10 p.m. show for crass remarks he made about conservative commentator Laura Ingraham on his Tuesday radio show. Anchor Thomas Roberts took over after he finished his lengthy apology.
“I used vile and inappropriate language when talking about talk show host Laura Ingraham,” said Schultz, looking deflated. “It was wrong, uncalled for and I understand the severity of what I said. I apologize to you Laura and ask for your forgiveness.”
Schultz, who apologized to Ingraham several times in the course of his comments, said he phoned Ingraham to personally apologize but did not make contact with her. He apologized to his wife, his sons, the network, and his staff. “I have been in this business since 1978,” he said. “This is the lowest of low for me.”
MSNBC met with Schultz this afternoon and accepted his offer to take an unpaid leave for the remarks he made. He will return to the air on June 6. A statement from the network made clear that his insults for Ingraham would not be tolerated. “Remarks of this nature are unacceptable and will not be tolerated,” the statement said.
Watch the full apology here.