11/09/2011 10:06 am ET Updated Jan 09, 2012

David Gregory's 'Grand Wizard' Comment About GOP Lands Him In Trouble (VIDEO)

"Meet The Press" host David Gregory apologized on Wednesday for what he called a "very poor choice of words" about the GOP during a "Today" appearance.

Gregory was on the morning show to talk about the mounting sexual harassment allegations against Herman Cain. Host Ann Curry asked him if the GOP wishes Cain would "just go away."

"Well, there is no grand wizard in the party right now who can really force the issue," Gregory replied. The term "grand wizard" was what got him into trouble, since that is also what the leaders of the Ku Klux Klan were once called.

After conservatives pounced, Gregory took to Twitter to recant his phrasing:

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