Joy-Ann Reid opened her MSNBC show AM Joy on Saturday by addressing the controversy stemming from anti-gay remarks found on her old blog, which she has denied writing.
While she said that she does not believe she wrote those blog posts, she admitted her other statements and actions were wrong and offensive.
“I genuinely do not believe I wrote those hateful things because they are completely alien to me,” Reid said on her show. “But I can definitely understand, based on things I have tweeted and have written in the past, why some people don’t believe me. I’ve not been exempt from being dumb, or cruel or hurtful to the very people I want to advocate for. I own that. I get it. And for that I am truly, truly sorry.”
Reid continued by providing examples of past behavior she said was wrong and wanted to apologize for, including jokes she made about Ann Coulter using transgender stereotypes, apologizing to a friend that brought the incident to her attention, the trans community and Coulter herself.
Reid also noted that while she doesn’t think she wrote the posts, she hired cybersecurity experts to see if someone manipulated her words or blog, but “the reality is they have not been able to prove it,” Reid said.
The controversy stems from a number of blog posts from Reid’s old blog “The Reid Report” that included anti-gay jokes and comments.