MSNBC has suspended another one of its hosts. The Comcast-owned cable news channel on Tuesday put Ed Schultz on a one-week hiatus without pay for calling conservative commentator Laura Ingraham a "right-wing slut" on his syndicated radio program. MSNBC has a history of suspending its talent for remarks or activities that often aren't related to their function on the channel. Among the penalized Don Imus, Joe Scarborough, David Shuster, and Keith Olbermann. Before Schultz's suspension took effect, he went on the air Wednesday night to deliver a 554-word apology, saying in part that he had "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." Appearing to acknowledge that his words were misogynistic, Schultz also apologized to his wife and family. "My wife is a wonderful woman. We have a wonderful family. And with six kids and eight grandkids, I try to set an Example. In This Moment, I have failed." He concluded "The only way that I can prove my sincerity in all of this is if I never use those words again. Tonight, you have my word that I won't." For her part, Ingraham tweeted "Ed Schultz Apology accepted."

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