Fox Business Network’s Eric Bolling apologized June 13 for using “disrespectful” language in a segment about President Barack Obama’s meeting with Gabonese president Ali Bongo. In his on-air apology, Bolling stated:
“We got a little fast and loose with the language and we know its been interpreted as being disrespectful and for that, I’m sorry. We did go a bit too far.”
Bolling had commented during a June 10 Fox Business segment titled “Hoods in the House” : “Guess who’s coming to dinner? A dictator. Mr. Obama shares a laugh with one of Africa’s kleptocrats. It’s not the first time he’s had a hoodlum in the hizzouse.”
A picture montage that accompanied the introduction showed a photo of rapper Common’s recent performance at the White House as well as a picture of Bongo that was digitally altered to show one of his teeth flashing. Bolling opened the segment asking, “So what’s with all the hoods in the hizzy?”
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Bolling defended himself against criticism on Twitter before apologizing.
Mediaite’s White House reporter Tommy Christopher, who criticized the segment, had a Twitter exchange with Bolling on June 12 in which Christopher asked, “What other Prizzezidentz have you employed hip-hop parlance on?” Bolling responded that he is not a racist.
Executive vice president of FOX Business Kevin Magee told the New York Daily News that “the line was crossed” but Bolling’s apology had resolved the issue.