7 times MSNBC hosts publicly apologised in 2018

MSNBC ScreenshotJoy Reid in a segment talking about anti-LGBT posts in her blog.
  • MSNBC, America’s second most-watched network on basic cable, had a few slips to apologise for this year.
  • The network, popular for its political news coverage, had to confront old homophobic posts by leading anchor Joy Reid, comments by some of its guests, and a premature graphic that gave Florida gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum the victory – one day before the election.
  • Here are seven times MSNBC hosts apologised this year.


Host Stephanie Ruhle apologizes for ‘dismissing’ Trump appointee’s faith.

BloombergMSNBC host Stephanie Ruhle

President Donald Trump in March appointed Larry Kudlow as White House economic adviser, who said his tenure in the White House would be decided by “God’s will.”

In an offhand remark during an MSNBC broadcast, host Stephanie Ruhle questioned Kudlow’s words, saying “That’s an interesting way to talk about being the national economic adviser to the president. ‘God’s will?'”

Kudlow immediately responded, asking why Ruhle is still on air.

Ruhle apologised in a tweet, saying that she meant “no offence” to Kudlow.

Kudlow accepted the apology.


Joy Reid apologizes for anti-LGBTQ posts found in her old blog.

MSNBC ScreenshotJoy Reid in a segment talking about anti-LGBT posts in her blog.

In April, anti-LGBTQ posts found on MSNBC anchor Joy Reid’s old blog made their way around the internet, forcing the “AM Joy” host to issue a meandering apology and launch a cybersecurity quest into whether or not her site was hacked.

On her show, Reid said she “genuinely” did not believe she wrote those “hateful” things.

“But I can definitely understand, based on things I have tweeted and have written in the past, why some people don’t believe me,” she said. “I’ve not been exempt from being dumb or cruel or hurtful to the very people I want to advocate for. I own that. I get it. And for that, I am truly, truly sorry.”


Joy Reid apologizes — again — for old blog posts, this time showing John McCain’s head photoshopped on the body of the Virginia Tech shooter.

Photo by Evan Agostini/AP FileMSNBC anchor Joy Reid

In June, Reid apologised for her old blog again, this time for a post showcasing a doctored photo of the late Arizona Sen. John McCain’s head on the body of the Virginia Tech shooter.

Reid told NBC News that when she published her blog, back in 2005, she “wrote thousands of posts in real time on the issues of the day.”

“There are things I deeply regret and am embarrassed by, things I would have said differently and issues where my position has changed,” she said. “Today I’m sincerely apologizing again.”


Rachel Maddow apologizes for breaking down on camera after reading news about children being separated from their parents at the border.

MSNBC ScreenshotRachel Maddow breaks down during an on-air broadcast.

Rachel Maddow broke down during a June broadcast of her show while reading an Associated Press report that detailed the way babies and toddlers were being separated from their parents at the US-Mexico border and sent to “tender age” shelters.

Unable to hold back her tears, Maddow apologised on air, saying she couldn’t keep reading the report.

She later tweeted another apology, saying “if nothing else, it is my job to actually be able to speak while I’m on TV.”


Chris Hayes apologizes after “All In” displayed a graphic giving Andrew Gillum, Florida’s Democratic gubernatorial candidate, the win — one day before the election.

Screenshot from MSNBC videoA screenshot of the graphic MSNBC accidentally displayed one day before the Florida election.

With 99% of votes reported, an MSNBC graphic gave Andrew Gillum the victory in November’s Florida governor race – except the race hadn’t happened yet, and the graphic was a “misfire,” according to “All In” host Chris Hayes.

After the test graphic flashed on screen, Hayes apologised to the public, saying he too was confused by the image.

“Obviously, we do not yet have any vote totals here, the night before the election,” he said.


Brian Williams apologizes for televising Beto O’Rourke’s “F-bomb.”

Texas Democratic Senate candidate Rep. Beto O’Rourke dropped an “F-bomb” during his concession speech after losing his race to Sen. Ted Cruz, which was being broadcast live by MSNBC. Anchor Brian Williams immediately apologised for his network.

“Sorry for the F-bomb,” he said. “We have no control of what’s in the concession speeches.”


Mika Brzezinski apologizes after being accused of homophobia for calling Mike Pompeo Trump’s “butt boy.”

Michael Loccisano/Getty ImagesMika Brzezinski.

In December, Mika Brzezinski, co-host of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” apologised for calling Secretary of State Mike Pompeo “wannabe dictator’s butt boy” after he deflected questions on the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi during an interview with “Fox & Friends.”

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