“I have embarrassed my family. I have embarrassed this company,” Ed Schultz said Wednesday night at the opening of “The Ed Show” on MSNBC. After delivering his apology for calling rival host Laura Ingraham a “right-wing slut” on his radio show, the left-wing talker left the cable channel for what he said is an “indefinite period of no pay,” not necessarily the originally rumored one week suspension.
“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. 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. I want all of you to know tonight that I did call Laura Ingraham today and did not make contact with her and I will apologize to her as I did in the message that I left her today. I also met with management here at MSNBC, and understanding the severity of the situation and what I said on the radio and how it reflected terribly on this company, I have offered to take myself off the air for an indefinite period of time with no pay. I want to apologize to Laura Ingraham. I want to apologize to my family, my wife. I have embarrassed my family. I have embarrassed this company. And I have been in this business since 1978, and I have made a lot of mistakes. This is the lowest of low for me. I stand before you tonight in front of this camera in this studio in an environment that I absolutely love. I love working here. I love communicating with all of you on the radio and the communication that I have with you when I go out and do town hall meetings and meet the people that actually watch. I stand before you tonight to take full responsibility for what I said and how I said it, and I am deeply sorry,” said Schultz. He continued with details of what he had said to his wife and children about the incident and vowed never to repeat the error.
“Laura Ingraham, I am sorry, very sorry,” Schultz said, before telling viewers he would be back in “coming days.” The show then went to a commercial break and returned with Thomas Roberts as substitute host.