MSNBC host apologizes for slavery gaffe Reuters
"Michael Steele is dancing as fast as he can," O'Donnell began his Steele intro, "trying to charm independent voters and Tea Partiers while never losing sight of his real master and paycheck provider, the Republican National Committee."
He made the remarks before showing a taped interview with Steele, so the interviewee didn't hear it until viewing the TV show later. Steele called O'Donnell to complain, and O'Donnell played the voice message on Wednesday's show.
Steele objected to the insinuation he was "a slave to the RNC," and added: "I've had to put up with that crap my entire political life."