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MSNBC Apologizes for Gaffe Offensive to Hispanics

By    |   Tuesday, 06 May 2014 04:47 PM

The show may have been called "Way Too Early," but that apparently was no excuse for an embarrassing exchange on the MSNBC show that forced the network to apologize.

The incident came during a segment to celebrate Cinco de Mayo on Monday, which had  MSNBC producer Louis Burgdorf dance around in a sombrero. He was also shaking a pair of maracas and acting as if he were drinking from a bottle of tequila.

A report on Mediaite says the episode immediately lit up Twitter, with people either mocking the segment or being outraged by it.

"Here's A Cringeworthy Video Of What MSNBC Thinks Cinco De Mayo Is About" one user posted.

Hugo Balta, president of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, called it "abominable."

On Tuesday the network issued an apology that read: "On Monday, Cinco De Mayo, 'Way Too Early' made sarcastic references to the way some Americans celebrate the holiday. It was not our intention to be disrespectful, and we sincerely apologize for the ill-advised references," the Huffington Post reports the cable channel as saying.

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