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Fox News has issued an apology to its viewers and Hillary Clinton after a guest compared the former secretary of state to “herpes” during Thursday’s broadcast.
During their morning segment, Turning Point USA’s director of Spanish engagement Anna Paulina made an appearance to discuss Clinton’s email scandal with political analyst Doug Schoen. After Fox News host Rick Leventhal mentioned Clinton’s consistent appearance in the media, Paulina took a moment to make the “herpes” jab.
“She won’t go away. She’s like herpes,” Paulina said, prompting Leventhal to quickly end her appearance, visibly taken aback by her comment.
“OK, that is news that we are breaking here. Not appropriate,” Leventhal said.
Paulina was then taken off the screen as the segment continued on without her. Leventhal later made an apology to viewers over the “language” used. “We are going to wrap this segment a little bit early because of the language that was used in the segment, and we apologize to our viewers for that.”
Fox News anchor Arthel Neville also apologized for the incident.
“We are all Americans, and that is the focus and we want to reiterate that we do not condone the language that Anna Paulina just displayed here, and we apologize to Secretary Clinton for that,” she said after the segment wrapped up. “Fox News does not condone her sentiment.”
Paulina later issued an apology on her Twitter calling the moment a “brash and unprofessional joke.”
“Yesterday on Fox I was placed on the wrong segment & in the confusion made a brash and unprofessional joke. To Fox and those watching, I am deeply sorry,” she wrote. She then went on to explain what the meaning behind her joke was. “My feeling simply is that Big Government creates dynasties like the Clintons that won’t go away & Americans are over it.”
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