Fox News Commentator Apologizes for Criticism of Rick Santorum's Behavior After Son's Death (Video)

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Alan Colmes told Rick Santorum he was sorry for calling his behavior 16 years ago over the death of his child “crazy,” and Santorum, speaking to Colmes’ former partner Sean Hannity on Fox News Channel Monday night, accepted the apology.

Appearing on the show Hannity, which used to be called Hannity & Colmes, Republican presidential hopeful Santorum choked back tears when the host asked about his conversation with Colmes.

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“There’s a lot of nasty stuff out there on the Internet, and I’m sure Alan Colmes reads a lot of that stuff from the left,” Santorum told Hannity.

Video is below. Santorum explained that he and his wife, Karen, introduced their deceased son, Gabriel, who died two hours after he was born in 1996, to their other children before burying him, an act that was ridiculed by Colmes during a Fox News segment earlier Monday.

“Once (voters) get a load of some of the crazy things he’s said and done, like taking his two-hour-old baby who died right after childbirth home and played with it for a couple of hours so his other children would know that the child was real…” Colmes said before he was interrupted by National Review editor Rich Lowry.

“That’s a cheap shot, Alan,” an incensed Lowry said. “To say it’s ‘crazy,' something that’s that personal and harmful as losing a child, and to mock it, to mock him like that, is really beyond the pale and beneath you.”

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During the interview, Colmes – leaning back in his chair and crossing his arms --  seemed perturbed that Lowry had the nerve to interrupt him.

“I’m interrupting because what you’re saying is contemptible,” Lowry said. “They lost a child, Alan. That’s very serious, and it’s not something you should be mocking on national TV.” Video is below.

“I’m not mocking the losing of the child,” Colmes fires back, “but what I’m saying is I think it shows a certain unusual attitude to take a two-hour baby home that died to play with his other children.”

Lowry interrupts several times during the seven-minute segment that has since gone viral on the Internet.

“Some of the dastardly characters we have in the mainstream media are not going to go as low as you just have," Lowry says.

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While Colmes never backed off his remarks during the Fox News segment, he apparently had a change of heart later, and tweeted, “Just spoke to @ricksantorum. He and Karen graciously accepted my apology for a hurtful comment.”

“Karen, who was a neonatal intensive care nurse for nine years,” Santorum explained to Hannity later, “taught me, and what she learned from that experience, was that you have to affirm the life of your child. You have to affirm that memory for your children and for you.”

“Alan is a very good person at heart,” Santorum told Hannity. “He made a mistake, he admitted the mistake.”

Both Rick and Karen Santorum were also asked about Colmes’ remarks while at a campaign stop Monday.

“It’s just so inappropriate,” Karen said “as tears streamed from her eyes,” according to ABC News.

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