Fox News takes 12 seconds to apologize for making light of Janay Rice's assault

The hosts of "Fox & Friends" were criticized Monday for their insensitive comments about domestic violence

Published September 9, 2014 1:21PM (EDT)

Brian Kilmeade  (Fox News)
Brian Kilmeade (Fox News)

On Tuesday, the "Fox & Friends" team took approximately 12 seconds out of their program to address a series of insensitive remarks made by co-hosts Brian Kilmeade and Steve Doocy on Monday, when the two joked about horrifying, recently released footage of former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice punching his then-fiancée (now wife) Janay Palmer.

"The message is, take the stairs," Kilmeade said, eliciting laughter from his colleagues over the thought of Rice dragging Palmer's limp body out of an elevator. "The message is," Doocy corrected, "when you’re in an elevator, there’s a camera."

Responding to criticism of their callous remarks, Kilmeade "apologized" on behalf of himself and Doocy, by not really apologizing at all. "Comments we made during this story yesterday made some feel like we were taking the situation too lightly,” he said. “We are not. We were not. Domestic abuse is a very serious issue to us, I can assure you.”

Watch the response below:

By Jenny Kutner

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