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Shirley Li
December 04, 2013 AT 09:49 PM EST

Martin Bashir has announced his resignation, effective immediately, from MSNBC.

The host’s departure follows his controversial comments about Sarah Palin on Nov. 15, in which he called her a “world-class idiot” for comparing the federal debt to slavery, and suggested others should “sh–” in the former Alaska governor’s mouth for the remark.

Bashir released the following statement:

“After making an on-air apology, I asked for permission to take some additional time out around the Thanksgiving holiday.

Upon further reflection, and after meeting with the President of MSNBC, I have tendered my resignation. It is my sincere hope that all of my colleagues, at this special network, will be allowed to focus on the issues that matter without the distraction of myself or my ill-judged comments.

I deeply regret what was said, will endeavor to work hard at making constructive contributions in the future and will always have a deep appreciation for our viewers — who are the smartest, most compassionate and discerning of all television audiences. I would also wish to express deepest gratitude to my immediate colleagues, and our contributors, all of whom have given so much of themselves to our broadcast.”

MSNBC President Phil Griffin also issued a statement on Bashir’s resignation, stating, “I understand his decision and I thank him for three great years with MSNBC. Martin is a good man and respected colleague — we wish him only the best.”

Bashir’s departure leaves the network’s 4 p.m. hour vacant, with a replacement expected to be announced in the coming weeks.

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