Ed Schultz called Republicans "bastards" on his Wednesday show, before quickly apologizing--and referencing his boss's recent comments about him.
Schultz was talking about the newly Republican-controlled House of Representatives when he made the profane comment:
"This is an ideological war. I say it on camera tonight here on MSNBC. I will fight these bastards every night at 6 o'clock because I know what they're up against. I know what they want to do. They want to take down American workers. They want to outsource jobs. They want to destroy the American dream. Concentrate the wealth to the top, and control minorities. That's what they're about."
Schultz then interviewed Democratic Congressman Jim McDermott. At the conclusion of the interview, Schultz apologized. In his apology, he referenced MSNBC President Phil Griffin's recent comments that Schultz could sometimes go "over the top":
"I haven't had anybody in my earpiece since I started tonight, and management's not saying I'm over the top. I just referred to the Republicans as a term I probably shouldn't have used, but, I know what, they just infuriate me... So, if I offended some of you by that term I used a few moments ago, I apologize. Maybe I've had too much TV."
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