MSNBC has apologized in a statement and on-air for the “ill-advised” Cinco de Mayo segment that it aired on “Way Too Early” Monday, but a similar bit later that day with the same producer on the network’s main morning show, “Morning Joe,” has gone unnoticed.
Louis Burgdorf, the producer for both shows, brought back the sombrero, maraca, and tequila he used on “Way Too Early” for the sendoff at the end of “Morning Joe.”
With the “Tequila Song” playing in the background, Burgdorf took a tequila shot, after co-host Mika Brzezinski took a whiff.
“Way Too Early” host Thomas Roberts, who was also on the Morning Joe set at that point, then remarked that “Louis smells like a gutter in Tijuana.”
MSNBC did not respond to TPM’s request for comment on the “Morning Joe” Cinco de Mayo bit.
In the earlier segment on “Way Too Early,” Burgdorf danced around wearing a sombrero with tequila and a maraca. The first segment was longer than the “Morning Joe” bit and included Roberts’ reciting some of the history behind the holiday. After the network issued an apologetic statement on Tuesday, both men apologized on air Wednesday morning:
“On Monday, Cinco De Mayo, ‘Way Too Early’ made sarcastic references to the way some Americans celebrate the holiday. It was not our intention to be disrespectful and we sincerely apologize for the ill-advised references,” MSNBC said in the statement.