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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soundoff (121 Responses)
  1. Nothing new here

    Look, this "s" word is a bit over the top....
    But even I have to wonder where the compassion is towards the tornado victims in this country.
    These people have been through a terrible tragedy. So can we put the political rhetoric aside long enough to help out our fellow Americans?
    Can liberals/conservatives/independents try to get along, for the future of this country?

    May 26, 2011 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  2. Ozzie

    I applaude MSNBC for taking swift action on this. Mr. Schultz gets fired up but this went over the line and he's apologized and taking his punishment. I don't disagree with what he said but he shouldn't have said it on air.

    May 26, 2011 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  3. Brain User

    Shultz – Don't stoop to their level. We understand the message. You don't need to use inflammatory language to convince us. We are the intelligent ones.

    May 26, 2011 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  4. MikeMazzla

    Laura Ingrahm is a tool

    May 26, 2011 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  5. TEE

    Wrong is wrong, Ed you shouldn't have said it on the radio, but you haven't lost my support...See you when you get back.....Laura, you are what ur !

    May 26, 2011 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  6. Fair is Fair

    Where's the statement from NOW condemning Schultz? Oh, that's right... NOW doesn't care about you if you're a CONSERVATIVE woman. Thoroughly disgusting.

    May 26, 2011 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  7. maine liberal

    perhaps talk whore would of been more appropriate they get paid.

    May 26, 2011 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  8. Adalbert

    In this country, we can no longer tell the truth. Can we?

    May 26, 2011 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  9. Mr. Moderate

    Anyone ever hear someone from the right apologize for some of the vile things they call people on the left?

    May 26, 2011 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  10. JJ

    Oh, well. He'll be back. And she'll still be a slut.

    May 26, 2011 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  11. NYC REPUB

    He was contrite and honest in his apology....... I like Ed. At the same time far left fervor, as well as far right fervor is unacceptable.
    Ed was a republican until 2000, so he was not always a lefty. He's a successful businessman (as he owns a vacation resort) but he fights vigorously for social justice.
    As a free market democrat, I wish he would brandish his love for the free market a little more. It's time for DEMS to show that we love the free market as well, but also want to do whats fair and right.

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

    It's too bad this guy had to resort to that kind of rhetoric. But does it really matter? His audience can be counted in the 10's.
    This guy is a joke and I can't believe he is still on the air. But like the extreme left wing, the networks will just spend they're money till it runs out!

    May 26, 2011 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  13. Stoney

    Wow does msnbc actually think that it is wrong to call someone a slut. The libs are always talking about the angry repubs. Is this not anger coming out of this mealy mouthed lib? Once said; it is still there no matter how many apologies.
    He said it several times, and he meant it. He is only apologizing because he wants to keep his job. So much for political correctness.

    May 26, 2011 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  14. Dave

    Since I don't have a show to be suspended from, I'm gonna go ahead and tell it like it is – Laura Ingraham IS a talk slut. But that'd be okay, if she weren't such a complete idiot.

    May 26, 2011 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  15. SCOTO

    Disgraceful. Does he think he is on FOX or something?

    May 26, 2011 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  16. TennVol

    Typical liberal comment. Attack the individual with ad hominem insults because liberals lose their arguments on the merits. I wonder if there are any clips of him demanding that conservatives "stop the vitriol" after the Jared Loughner incident. That would also be typical.

    May 26, 2011 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  17. Chuck Anaheim, Ca

    Don't apologize Ed! Do you think that nasty fascist ingrahm would? Not in a million years.

    May 26, 2011 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  18. Marrion Fuller

    See, this is what I've been saying about going "postal." When a person, even a very good person as Ed, just can't take the stupidity any longer, he goes "postal." The human mind just can't control it's complete lack of comprehension of such blatant stupidity. No reasonable human being can be as stupid as the radical Republican right wing. Yet, there they are, every day, blathering on about that of which they know absolutely nothing. Lie after lie, and half of America sucks it up like holy nectar from the gods. HOW could we ever have created such horribly ignorant and stupid people in this good 'ol US of A?

    May 26, 2011 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  19. Dave

    Just stick to "right wing wacko" and we'll understand

    May 26, 2011 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  20. JD

    Apply the same standard and Limbough, Hannity, Beck, etc. should be permanently suspended!

    May 26, 2011 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  21. pooch

    what's the big deal? dan akroyd said it to jane curtin all the time ...

    May 26, 2011 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  22. paulr50

    Ohh come on people, don't be harsh to Ed. Ed was just demonstrating some of that democrat/liberal civility that you are all soo proud of showing the rest of the world.

    May 26, 2011 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  23. Mike in El Paso

    Reading all of the supportive posts for this guy, I am shocked by the hypocrisy but I really shouldnt be. If a conservative had called rachel maddow a slut, NOW would have been protesting in the streets, progressives would have been screaming at the top of their lungs. When the shoes on the other foot, the offender is "passionate about what he believes". What does that have to do with anything? The real sluts/whores are those who make excuses for this kind of behavior because they have no standards of conduct or morals.

    May 26, 2011 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  24. Fair is Fair

    I'm reading these comments in COMPLETE idsbelief. How can ANYONE condone what this so-called "man" said? Subhumans.

    May 26, 2011 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  25. Boytjie

    Give him this: he flat out apologized, none of the 'if anyone was offended.." cop-outs.

    May 26, 2011 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
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