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MSNBC Suspends Ed Schultz For Calling Laura Ingraham A 'Slut'

MSNBC has suspended Ed Schultz for referring to radio talk show host Laura Ingraham as a "right-wing slut" on his syndicated radio show Tuesday.

The remark came as Schultz spoke about Ingraham's criticism of President Obama's trip to Ireland, where he enjoyed a beer while the Midwest was experiencing devastating tornadoes.

"And what are the Republicans thinking about?," Schultz said. "They're not thinking about their next-door neighbor. They're just thinking about how much this is going to cost. President Obama is going to be visiting Joplin, Missouri, on Sunday."

"But you know what they're talking about, like this right-wing slut, what's her name? 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."

Ed Schultz did not host MSNBC's 'The Ed Show' tonight, but he did open it with an emotional address to his viewers as he apologized for his remarks.

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

"It doesn't matter what the circumstances are, what matters is, what I said was terribly vile."

He said he tried to call Ingraham directly to apologize and left a message with his apology. He also met with MSNBC management and offered to take himself off the air "for an indefinite period of time" with a unpaid leave.

I have embarrassed my family. I have embarrassed this company, he said, as he called the moment "the lowest of the low for me."

You can see the apology in its entirety below:

May 26, 2011 |

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