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Fox News host Bill O’Reilly apologized for saying Democratic Calif. Rep. Maxine Waters‘ hair looked like a “James Brown wig.”

During an appearance on Fox & Friends on Tuesday morning, the show’s hosts played a clip of Waters denouncing President Donald Trump in a speech on the floor of the U.S. House Representatives on Monday night. “I didn’t hear a word she said. I was looking at the James Brown wig,” O’Reilly said of Waters. “If we have a picture, it’s the same one.”

“I have to defend her on that. You can’t go after a woman’s looks,” Fox & Friends co-host Ainsley Earnhardt said in response. “I think she’s very attractive.”

O’Reilly said that he agreed that she was attractive, saying: “I didn’t say she wasn’t attractive. I love James Brown. But it’s the same hair James Brown had.” He added later: “You’re all wrong about Maxine Waters. She’s a sincere individual. Whatever she said, she believes. And that’s old-school. We’re giving Maxine a break here. I love you Maxine.”

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In a statement sent to Motto, O’Reilly apologized for his comments. “As I have said many times, I respect Congresswoman Maxine Waters for being sincere in her beliefs. I said that again today on Fox & Friends calling her ‘old school.’ Unfortunately, I also made a jest about her hair which was dumb. I apologize,” he said. A Fox spokesperson added that he plans to address his comments on his show on Tuesday night.

O’Reilly comments were slammed on social media as racist and sexist.

 

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This isn’t the first time a Fox News co-host has come under fire for making inappropriate comments about Waters. In 2012, Fox News host Eric Bolling said of Waters: “You saw what happened to Whitney Houston. Step away from the crack pipe.” Bolling later said he was kidding.

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