Fox host: We’re not taking domestic abuse lightly

FILE - In this May 1, 2014, file photo, Baltimore Ravens football player Ray Rice holds hands with his wife, Janay Palmer, as they arrive at Atlantic County Criminal Courthouse in Mays Landing, N.J. Banter by two "Fox & Friends" hosts about video showing Rice hitting his then future wife is under fire. The hosts, Brian Kilmeade and Steve Doocey, made their on-air comments Monday, Sept. 8, 2014, while discussing newly released elevator video showing Rice hitting Janay Palmer in February. (AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — Fox News Channel host Brian Kilmeade insists the network’s morning show isn’t making light of domestic abuse after it was criticized for comments made about the video showing football player Ray Rice hitting his future wife.

Kilmeade, on Monday’s show, had said the lesson to be learned from the incident was — quote — “take the stairs.”

Kilmeade addressed but didn’t apologize for the remark on Tuesday’s show. He said the remarks made some feel like the “Fox & Friends” hosts were taking the situation too lightly.

Kilmeade said — quote — “we are not. We were not. Domestic abuse is a very serious issue to us, I can assure you.”

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