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Mika Brzezinski hurls homophobic slur live on air as she refers to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo as a 'wannabe dictator’s butt boy'

MSNBC is once again dealing with a network host's homophobic comments after Morning Joe anchor Mika Brzezinski casually tossed off a slur on live television Wednesday morning.
The Morning Joe host was talking about an interview on Fox & Friends earlier in the morning during which Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was evasive when it came to answering questions about how the administration planned to deal with Saudi Arabia in the wake of journalist Jamal Khashoggi's murder.  
'I understand that Donald Trump doesn’t care. He doesn’t care. But why doesn’t Mike Pompeo care right now? Are the pathetic deflections that we just heard when he appeared on - is that a patriot speaking?' asked Brzezinski. 
'Or a wannabe dictator’s butt boy?'
At that moment her audio was cut out by MSNBC, but not before she had already uttered the homophobic slur.


Brzezinski apologized on social media for her comment after being called out on Twitter.
'I was with you, @morningmika, right up to the “butt boy” comment. Try “toadie” or “lackey” or “stool pigeon” or “ass kisser,” or “traitor,” but maybe don’t equate homosexuality with Mike Pompeo carrying water for the murderous regime in Saudi Arabia,' wrote G.E. Anderson.
'Totally agree with you -SUPER BAD choice of words .. I should have said “water boy”... like for football teams or something like that.. apologize to @SenatorDurbin too! SO SORRY!' responded Brzezinski.
MSNBC did not respond to a request for comment on the matter, which comes one year after Joy Reid was found to have made a number of homophobic comments in old blog posts. 
Reid's troubles began last December, when social media posts and remarks on her blog which contained anti-gay remarks were uncovered online.
She spoke of how 'heterosexual men' found 'homosexual sex' to be 'gross' and claimed that the sight of two men kissing makes most 'straight' people 'cringe.'
Reid released a statement that was more excuse than apology, saying her blog had been 'breached' and these were 'fraudulent posts.'
She later said on her show that she could not prove the hacking, but did not go back on her claim that the FBI was conducting an investigation.
In a shocking twist, Reid had been a guest on Andrea Mitchell's show just a few days prior to the scandal and was asked: 'What do you have to do on social media to get fired from a top rated show on an American broadcast network?'
It is now unclear if Reid was ever telling the truth about the FBI, the hacking claims or her shock at seeing the posts. 
MSNBC refused to comment at the time. 
Around this same time, the network quietly let go of openly gay anchor Thomas Roberts. 

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