I talk every day about doing the right thing. And yesterday, I did the wrong thing.
I didn't intend to hurt people, but I did. And that makes it the wrong thing to have done.
I was attempting to make a philosophical point, and I articulated the "n" word all the way out - more than one time. And that was wrong. I'll say it again - that was wrong.
HLN host Jane Velez-Mitchell told CNN's Rick Sanchez Thursday that a simple apology wasn't going to make the controversy go away.
"She apparently thinks she can say anything she wants and there's going to be an uproar and she's going to say I'm sorry and it's going to go away," said Velez-Mitchell. "I don't think it's going to happen this time around. I don't think she can put the genie back in the bottle."
Appearing on CNN Thursday, Sharpton suggested that advertisers might want to think twice about associating with Schlessinger.
"The advertising and the people that carry her show should be very concerned about someone who freely using this word over and over again," he said.
But the reverend was most incensed by Schlessinger's suggestion that sensitive people shouldn't marry out of their race.
"I mean, that is absolutely despicable," said Sharpton. "That means if you're that sensitive, don't marry out of your race. So, now, we've gone from her just repeating the N-word to her saying interracial marriage maybe should not be for those that have sensitivity that she would call hyper, and then she went back into using the N-word."