MSNBC's Joy Reid Apologizes for Decade-Old Homophobic Blog Posts About Charlie Crist

Joy Reid's 'anti-gay' blog posts resurface
Joy Reid speaks onstage at the 2014 Women's Media Awards at Capitale in New York City, October 29, 2014. Jemal Countess/Getty

MSNBC host Joy Reid has apologized after several offensive blog posts she published between 2007 and 2009 resurfaced.

The AM Joy anchor published several stories on her now-defunct The Reid Report website that criticized former Florida governor Charlie Crist and accused him of being a closeted homosexual.

The blog posts returned to the public spotlight November 30 when Twitter user @Jamie_Maz posted screenshots from Reid's website on Twitter. Reid referred to Crist, who has been married twice to women, as "Miss Charlie" and regularly tagged posts under the category "gay politicians."

1/x From 2007 to 2009 @joyannreid authored a dozen homophobic posts not only attempting to out Charlie Crist as gay, she attacked & mocked him for being so.

She repeatedly referred to him as "Miss Charlie" and tagged posts about him under "gay politicians." (thread)

— 🪦🎃 Spooky Jamie Maz 👻🐈‍⬛ (@Jamie_Maz) November 30, 2017

3/x She makes a joke about John McCain "tapping" Crist, says Crist spent his honeymoon ogling male waiters and thinking about how he didn't want to see his wife naked, and mocked Crist's big gay wedding.

— 🪦🎃 Spooky Jamie Maz 👻🐈‍⬛ (@Jamie_Maz) November 30, 2017

Reid, 48, apologized in a lengthy Facebook post Sunday after the posts were picked up by websites such as and branded homophobic.

She said her decade-old writings were "insensitive, tone deaf and dumb."

"This note is my apology to all who are disappointed by the content of blogs I wrote a decade ago, for which my choice of words and tone have legitimately been criticized," wrote Reid.

Crist, who was governor of Florida from 2007 to 2011, supported a ban on same-sex marriage in 2008. He later changed his position and came out in support of gay marriage.

In her apology, Reid said: "Let me be clear: at no time have I intentionally sought to demean or harm the LGBT community, which includes people whom I deeply love. My goal, in my ham-handed way, was to call out potential hypocrisy.

"Nonetheless, as someone who is not a member of the LGBT community, I regret the way I addressed the complex issue of the closet and speculation on a person's sexual orientation with a mocking tone and sarcasm. It was insensitive, tone deaf and dumb. There is no excusing it—not based on the taste-skewing mores of talk radio or the then-blogosphere, and not based on my intentions."

Read the full statement below:

Making a few things plain... my full statement, as excerpted by NBC OUTSTATEMENT FROM JOY REID This note is my apology...

Posted by Joy Reid on Sunday, December 3, 2017

Crist responded to Reid's apology on Twitter, saying her comments were "long forgotten."

Long forgotten, but thank you, Joy. I appreciate you.

— Charlie Crist (@CharlieCrist) December 4, 2017

Thank you congressman. Truly. And here’s wishing you a wonderful holiday season.

— Joy WE VOTED!! WEAR A MASK!! Reid 😷) (@JoyAnnReid) December 4, 2017