Ed Schultz said the comments were terribly vile on Wednesday. He gave himself no excuses or circumstances.
None of that matters, he said on his television program on MSNBC on Wednesday. What I said was terribly vile.
On my radio show yesterday I used vile and inappropriate language when talking about talk show host Laura Ingraham. I am deeply sorry, and I apologize. It was wrong, uncalled for and I recognize the severity of what I said. I apologize to you, Laura, and ask for your forgiveness, Schultz said.
It doesn't matter what the circumstances were. It doesn't matter that it was on radio and I was ad-libbing. None of that matters. None of that matters. What matters is what I said was terribly vile and not of the standards that I or any other person should adhere to.
Controversial Initial Comments
On Monday, Schultz was in the middle of a rant on his radio show against Ingraham for choosing to discuss President Barack Obama's beer drinking in Ireland even as extreme weather was hitting parts of the U.S. Midwest.
President Obama is going to be visiting Joplin, Missouri on Sunday but you know what they're talking about? Like this right-wing slut Laura Ingraham. Yeah, she's a talk slut.
You see, she was, back in the day, praising President Reagan when he was drinking a beer overseas. But now that Obama's doing it, they're working him over, he said.
Ingraham Takes to the Airwaves
Ingraham responded on her radio show on Wednesday, focusing, stating there were more important topics, but deciding to respond anyway. She noted that she brushes off most negative comments but trusted that Schultz' response was sincere.
The following are excerpts of her response:
I told my staff I really didn't really want to discuss this today because we have really important stuff out there happening to our country and people suffering in this country, Ingraham said.
All you have to do is look at the news coverage of the MidWest ravaged by tornadoes. Read stories about people trying to find jobs in this economy and that's suffering, those are problems. What someone said about me on a show - vile not vile - I mean, to me - stuff is always said about me, right? I mean, Matt, you look at the e-mails and Max sends them to me sometimes ... I think you guys think I'm weird because the more vile the thing that's said about me, the less it affects me. It doesn't bother me at all.
I heard about it yesterday during the show. I thought so little about it I didn't even mention it yesterday. I hear it just before the show started. Someone had e-mail the website about it and Ed Schultz had something about me on the show that was not all that nice to say the least. It was pretty crude and he apologized and I accepted his apology. It seemed heartfelt. It seemed like he really wished he hadn't said it and I accept that apology. Look, we disagree on big issues and I'm tough, I can take the critique. I can take the humorous critique.
I mean, I'm pretty self-deprecating to myself. You gotta be as you get older. You've got to tease yourself. You know there's something you've just got to kind of - we don't want to Google our names and find certain words popping up which unfortunately you can't erase. So I really think about my children, she said.
I think we can debate these issues and we can use satire and humor and laugh and at the end of the day we - I certainly hope we all wants what's best for the country and I certainly do, so, Ed, apology accepted. I wish him the best. I wish his family the best, she said.