Bill Lunn, an anchor for the Minneapolis station KSTP-TV, made a slip while introducing a story on Tuesday (11 June) that has found a new life on YouTube.
Lunn was beginning a story on the Pledge of Allegiance when he said: 'I pledge allegiance to the fag ...'
He quickly corrected himself by saying 'flag' and went on with the story but a viewer captured the moment and posted it online.
At first, Lunn tried to downplay the incident by tweeting: 'Haha... unfortunate slip of the tongue. Getting razzed at work a bit' and '4 years and they couldn't get me on the KSTP blooper reel. I guess they've got me now.'
As the story grew, his tweets grew more serious: 'I want to sincerely apologize for stumbling over the word flag on Tuesday's late newscast. What came out of my mouth was a word I never use.'
'I said it. I'm taking my lumps & owning it. Not what I intended at all. But I'm sincerely sorry for my slip up. ... Honest stumble trying to read the word flag. Feel horrible about it.'
He thanked people for their support and added: 'Just asking folks for their forgiveness.'
Lunn also made clear that it is not a word he approves of off the air either: 'The word when intended is offensive. It was not intended. I merely bumbled trying to read flag. I detest that word. ... I know what's in my heart. It was an embarrassing slip of the tongue. Nothing more. Those who know me, know that.'
Below is video of the Freudian slip: