Updated at 10:30 a.m. PT on Sept. 9, 2014, to include Brian Kilmeade’s comments from today’s show.
Fox News’ “Fox & Friends” was “lambasted on Twitter” after a co-host of the show joked Monday about the lesson to be learned from football player Ray Rice slugging his fiancee in an elevator, reports Ryan Parker at the Los Angeles Times’ Show Tracker blog.
The story reports: “The hosts were commenting on the cutting of Rice by the Baltimore Ravens after a video surfaced on TMZ that showed a person believed to be Rice punching a woman, who is believed to be his now-wife, unconscious in a casino elevator.”
Co-host Steve Doocy “commented on the couple still getting married even after the alleged attack and the message it sends when other high-profile couples stay together after similar incidents. Co-host Brian Kilmeade then added, ‘I think the message is to take the stairs.’
“The other hosts chuckled at the remark and said the lesson should also be that most elevators have cameras.”
According to the story, “A spokeswoman for [Fox News] told the Los Angeles Times the comments would be addressed by the show’s hosts [today], Tuesday.”
Here is what Kilmeade said on Tuesday’s show: “Comments that we made during this story yesterday made some feel that we were taking the situation too lightly. We are not. We were not. Domestic abuse is a very serious issue to us, I can assure you.”
Reaction to Kilmeade’s “take the stairs” remark on Monday was swift on Twitter yesterday.
For example, @AlisonShelesky tweeted:
“Take the stairs” is the message to get out of Ray Rice knocking out his wife in an elevator? Compassionate and classy as ever, @FoxNews.