04/27/2012 12:56 pm ET Updated Jun 27, 2012

Fox News' Monica Crowley Apologizes For Sandra Fluke Engagement Comment

Fox News pundit Monica Crowley apologized to Sandra Fluke for a controversial remark about her recent engagement on Friday.

On Thursday, Crowley reacted to news of Fluke's engagement to her longtime boyfriend by tweeting, "To a man?" She was roundly criticized for the offensive remark, with people accusing her of "bigotry" and calling her "homophobic."

Crowley apologized on Friday, tweeting:

Fluke, a Georgetown law student, stepped into the national spotlight when Rush Limbaugh called her as a "slut" and a "prostitute" for advocating employer-covered contraception. Limbaugh's attack sparked a firestorm of controversy, and a massive exodus of advertisers from his show.

Crowley's apology comes after Fluke came down on her initial comments on Thursday night. Fluke told MSNBC's Ed Schultz that she considered the comment "blatant homophobia" and "hate speech."

"Well, you know, where I'm from, when someone tells you they've become engaged, you say congratulations rather than engaging in hate speech," she said.

"That said, I'm not going to let this kind of thing get to me personally," Fluke continued. "What really bothers me about it [is] the blatant homophobia in the comment, and the idea that that is an acceptable thing to say publicly."


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