MSNBC's Melissa Harris-Perry Offers Televised Apology for Romney Segment
"My intention was not malicious, but I broke the ground rule that families are off-limits and for that I am sorry," said the host on Saturday.
MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry, who had been criticized for panelist remarks on her Dec. 29 show about Mitt Romney's family and adopted African-American grandson, offered a televised apology to her viewers on Saturday morning.
"Whatever the intent was, the reality is that the segment proceeded in a way that was offensive," Harris-Perry said. "Showing the photo in that context of that segment was poor judgment. So, without reservation or qualification, I apologize to the Romney family. Adults who enter into public life implicitly consent to having less privacy, but their families and especially their children should not be treated callously or thoughtlessly. My intention was not malicious, but I broke the ground rule that families are off-limits and for that I am sorry."
The Dec. 29 show -- which included actress Pia Glenn and comedian Dean Obeidallah -- featured a segment titled "What's So Funny About 2013" that riffed on multiple photos and included an image of the former Republican presidential nominee's family and adopted grandson. Online, the segment was labeled "Nerdland plays Caption That" (Romney remarks begin at 4:00 in the five minute video).
The MSNBC host previously wrote a series of tweets on New Year's Eve also apologizing for the segment. On Jan. 5, Romney is set to appear on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace.