This morning on MSNBC, host Thomas Roberts and producer Louis Burgdorf issued an on-air apology for a bizarre Cinco de Mayo segment they aired on Monday, May 5th.
The host began the show noting that they "know when to be contrite" before later issuing the following statement on air.
"On Monday, Cinco de Mayo, Way Too Early made sarcastic references to the way some Americans celebrate the holiday, and it was not our intention to be disrespectful and we sincerely apologize. For those references, you know after twenty years in this business, anyone who knows me knows where I stand on diversity and inclusion, so to those I let down or feel betrayed, I hear you and I'm sorry."
Producer Louis Burgdorf offered his own apology, stating that:
The apologies were carefully worded, although host Roberts put a strong emphasis on the fact that it was Americans they were making fun of, not any particular minority group or other nationality. He also made this off-hand comment before the commercial break that lead in to the apology:
A good day to "Let It Go"? Hmmm. You have to wonder what he meant by that, don't you?