09/06/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Jonathan Capehart's Mother Chastises Dylan Ratigan: You "Pissed Me Off," My Son Is Not A "Clown"

MSNBC host Dylan Ratigan has taken some flack lately for airing footage on his show "Morning Meeting" of contributor Jonathan Capehart scarfing down a bagel during a break between appearances. The video is not particularly flattering, but Ratigan insisted Capehart had no hard feelings.

Someone who did not feel that way at all was Capehart's mother, who called into the show this morning to give Ratigan a piece of her mind. After some initial conversation in which Ratigan tried to be self-deprecating, Capehart's mother unloaded this masterpiece of indignation:

The whole thing was offensive because, you know what, I thought it was mean, disrespectful, an invasion of his privacy and personal space. And my question to you is do you have cameras in the bathroom, or in the dressing room? Who you gonna put on national TV next? Because if you wanted to make a fool out of someone... you could use yourself because it really pissed me off.

Judging by his reaction, Capehart was not prepared for his mother to use the phrase "pissed me off," which she immediately apologized for, unsure if she was allowed to say it on live TV. Capehart's mother continued to put Ratigan in his place, telling him her son is not a "clown" or "a kid at a birthday party."

We imagine mothers everywhere watching and firmly nodding their heads in agreement. A thoroughly chastised Ratigan could do nothing but apologize.


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