Shep Smith made headlines when he apologized for a "lack of balance" in Fox News' reporting shortly after Shannon Bream snagged an interview with NJ Republican Chris Christie, but did not attempt to interview his opponent, incumbent Democrat Gov. Jon Corzine.
"Wow. I didn't know that was about to happen," Smith said at the time. "My apologies for the lack of balance there. If I'd had control it wouldn't have happened."
Now, the anchor largely seen as the face of Fox News' objective reporting, says he regrets that apology.
"I came off looking condescending," he told the Washington Post's Howard Kurtz. "I handled it poorly."
Smith told Kurtz that he didn't know Bream had unexpectedly gained the interview with Christie.
The host of "Studio B" and "Fox Report" also said that, while he often calls out the conservative opinion-makers on his network, he is grateful that they are on his team as they add to the bottom line.
"Our newscast is better because our opinion programs are successful," he told Kurtz.
Watch Smith's apology below, or read the full article in the Washington Post here.