Fox News guest apologizes for comparing Clinton to herpes
Fox News guest Anna Paulina apologized for comparing former first lady and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to a sexually transmitted disease in a Thursday segment broadcast by the network.
“Yesterday on Fox I was placed on the wrong segment & in the confusion made a brash and unprofessional joke,” Paulina tweeted Friday. “To Fox and those watching, I am deeply sorry.”
The network offered on-air apologies and cut Paulina’s segment short, Fox News said in a statement to USA Today.
The clip, as published by The Daily Caller, shows the confusion that led up to the controversial comment.
In the clip, Paulina is introduced as the director of Hispanic engagement at a conservative organization.
She is asked to comment on recent news surrounding Hillary Clinton, but she instead begins to talk about border security.
Fox News host Rick Leventhal interrupts Paulina to redirect the conversation to Clinton, as Paulina laughs about the apparent mistake, offering an inaudible explanation.
After directing a question to another guest, Leventhal expresses amazement that Clinton is still making national headlines two years after she lost the 2016 presidential election to Donald Trump.
“She won’t go away,” Paulina said with a sigh. “She’s like herpes.”
Leventhal immediately distances himself from the comment: “Um, OK. That’s news that we’re breaking here. Not appropriate.”
He later apologized to viewers for “the language that was used in the segment,” Fox News said in a statement.
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