According to several sources (though I haven't found a transcript), Don Imus, appearing on the "Today" show on Tuesday, admitted to referring to Gwen Ifill as "a cleaning lady," while trying to explain it:
Calling her a "cleaning lady" was part of "a comedy routine, where we make up the news, which we’ve been doing since 1968 on the radio.... It was comedy,” said Imus.
On Fox News, Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham debated the comment:
[HANNITY:] I want to bring the issue of his parent corporation, because everyone is acting like they're all shocked at this. We've got Gwen Ifill being, you know, called a "cleaning lady" by Don Imus.
INGRAHAM: That was in the Reagan administration [sic -- Clinton administration]. That was in part of a big comedy routine.
HANNITY: I'm just going through the history.
INGRAHAM: I'm not defending it, but it was a long time ago.
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