MSNBC host suspended over 'slut' comment
May 26th, 2011
07:58 AM ET
4 years ago

MSNBC host suspended over 'slut' comment

(CNN) – MSNBC host Ed Schultz apologized Wednesday night for calling conservative host Laura Ingraham a "slut," comments that cost him a week long suspension from the cable channel.

"On my radio show yesterday, I used vile and inappropriate language with talking about radio talk show host Laura Ingraham. I am deeply sorry and I apologize," Schutlz said at the opening of his nightly program Wednesday. "It was wrong, uncalled-for and I apologize for the severity of what I've said."

Schultz, host of "The Ed Schultz Show" said no matter the circumstances, his comments were "terribly vile." He called the experience the "lowest of the low for me."

Ingraham accepted the apology via Tiwtter Thursday, writing "Ed Schultz: Apology accepted."

In a statement, MSNBC said Schultz accepted one week of "unpaid leave for the remarks he made."

"Ed will address these remarks on his show tonight and immediately following begin his leave," the statement read. "Remarks of this nature are unacceptable and will not be tolerated."

On his radio show Tuesday, the liberal Schultz criticized Republicans, and particularly Ingraham for thinking about how much the natural disasters currently plaguing the country "are going to cost" instead of "their next door neighbor."

"President Obama is going to be visiting Joplin, Missouri on Sunday, but you know what they're (Republicans) talking about, like this right-wing slut, what's her name? Laura Ingraham? Yeah, she's a talk slut," Schultz said. "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."

Updated 12:15 p.m.


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  1. Doug

    Ed shoud sue them. He was hired to be a Democrat by MSNBC and by calling people sexist vile names for not marching lock step to the socialist ideology he is being as Democrat as you could possibly be other than wishing someone and their family harm and death.

    Every Democrat in America supported Sandra Bernhards comment about wanting Sarah Palin to be raped in NYC, Ed was just speaking and identifying with his target lib audience.

    May 26, 2011 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  2. Stuck in Liberal Illinois

    He was just trying to energize his ratings. The Fox News machine is just too strong for all the other networks. They will continue to beat down MSNBC like the dog that they are. I remember Ed saying something about a year ago, just give me some time and I will take over the ratings war. Well, we're waiting????

    May 26, 2011 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  3. gord

    don,t know if she,s a slut -idiot yes-she,s one of those republicans that live in a bobble world happy land

    May 26, 2011 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  4. Hubert

    Ed got a bit over passionate about what he believes in and humbly accepted responsibility for his actions. We know what he meant but definitely could have used a less offending term such as "heartless and cynical" to describe Ingrahm's reaction to the events. I may not agree with Ed all the time but his apology was sincere and heartfelt in my opinion which is more than I can say for many others on the radio that continuously use these kinds of terms, even on people who have done absolutely no wrong doing. None of us are perfect and call me naive but I truly believe this was an over passionate verbal display of defending the people who's live have been changed by the storms/floods in recent weeks, and not one of hate or fear mongering, and Ed, although shocked at hearing you say those words, I'm proud to have you as a fellow American after all things considered.

    May 26, 2011 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  5. kcl

    He went for the shock effect and got it, the punishment should be more harsh. Grow up people.

    May 26, 2011 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  6. max

    wow, following in the reppug mantra and the faux news business plan, honesty in news will get you suspended ... if I tell the truth at work, will I get canned ??

    May 26, 2011 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  7. Doug

    "But even I have to wonder where the compassion is towards the tornado victims in this country."

    Well they have touched down in so called red areas. Each and every Democrat is finding joy in the death and destruction since these people more often than not don't worship Obama as the Mesiah and wish people harm for their political views.

    May 26, 2011 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  8. Randy, San Francisco

    Would Limbaugh or Savage have apologized for such a verbal faux pas? Ed apologized, time to move on.

    May 26, 2011 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  9. Kudzu Botwin

    I was shocked to hear Dr. Laura was still alive.

    May 26, 2011 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  10. Eli

    As a progressive, I can say without hesitation that this guy is not bright. I'm embarrassed that probably a lot of people believe that he represents people like me, probably just as some conservatives are embarrassed that Palin is presented as someone who speaks for intelligent Republicans.

    He does not speak for me. He does not speak for any of my smart progressive friends.

    May 26, 2011 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  11. paulr50

    Michael Savage was right. Liberalism is a decease.

    May 26, 2011 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  12. Flipper

    As I can see from some of the tolerant & enlightened posts in this thread, that some CNN fans are far worse than the fascist & sexist Schultz. But this should be no surprise; most liberal men have always treated women like garbage. Why is it that liberals are threatened by strong, conservative women?

    May 26, 2011 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  13. JRinATL

    Everyone knows it's despicable and though I can't stand Ed and his vitriol, I'll take his apology on face value. I'm sure he's sorry. But I don't hear that he's apologized to Laura who is the one deserved of such an apology.
    But A WEEK? Don Imus far more dearly for his comments and if a conservative called Huffington a sl*t, there'd be no end to the media frenzy. This has already died down.

    May 26, 2011 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  14. Republicans Are The American Taliban

    Don't retreat Ed...Reload!! Lets put her in the crosshairs of conservative talk show hosts that need Second Amendment justice administered to them!!

    May 26, 2011 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  15. DesMoiner

    I guess you can't tell the truth anymore Ed. He didn't say anything that wasn't true. Sometimes the truth hurts.

    May 26, 2011 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  16. Robert - Atlanta

    Laura Ingraham is a hypocrite, phony and fake-family values republican just like Newt, Arn-O and the rest of the GOP. Actually Ed was correct judging from the porn pictures of her on the web. Also, he was correct in describing the slander and unscrupulous media attacks by Dr. Laura and all the other right-wing hate radio screamers!

    May 26, 2011 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  17. GSMITH

    Ed should be fired, and MSNBC should be taken off the air

    May 26, 2011 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  18. JM

    Misogyny is alive and well in American politics. You are a vile pig Mr. Shultz.

    May 26, 2011 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  19. im too kewl

    sorry go unslut yourself lady

    May 26, 2011 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  20. PALINHOPE

    You can dang well tell who the Democrats are on here who think it alright for this man to slur anyone. Uncalled for no matter what you political beliefs are. I goes to show you the biased of the races and who the racists truly are. It's aawy of life for the way they talk and the respect they don't have for their ladies.

    May 26, 2011 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  21. Dieter Zerressen

    I'm not excusing this but I believe the punishment is extreme. Look at Ann Coulter. She can call former President Bill Clinton a "faggot" and not suffer any consequences. In fact, when she says something ugly like that, FauxNews turns around and purposely puts her on the air. Fox gets caught adultoring video tape and nothing happens (remember the palm trees behind the supposed Minnesota tea party rally?). How about some equal treatment here?

    May 26, 2011 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
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