Ed Henry Apologizes for David Bossie’s ‘Cotton-Picking’ Fox & Friends Remarks: ‘We ‘Don’t Agree With That’


After their segment featuring Fox contributor and former Trump campaign official David Bossie and Democratic strategist Joel Payne exploded this morning, Fox anchor Ed Henry came back on the air to apologize.

The topic of the segment was civility in politics, and Democrat Payne said there were “dog whistles” from the White House, to which Bossie replied to Payne, “you’re out of your cotton-picking mind.”

After the commercial break, Ed Henry gave the following statement.

I just want to address what happened in that debate, obviously got fiery, David Bossie used a phrase that clearly offended Joel Paine and offended many others. I don’t know what David meant by it. You know, what went back and forth between the two of them. I’ve known David a long time. I’ll let him address exactly what he said. But I want to make sure that Fox News and this show, myself, we don’t agree with that particular phrase. It was obviously offensive and these debates get fiery, that’s unfortunate. We like to have honest and spirited debates, but not phrases like that, obviously. And so I will just leave it at that.

The topic of the next segment after Henry’s remarks was “the role of faith in restoring civility’ to America.

UPDATE: Fox News condemned Bossie’s comments in a statement:

“David Bossie’s comments today were deeply offensive and wholly inappropriate. His remarks do not reflect the sentiments of FOX News and we do not in any way condone them.”

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