Martin Bashir, the British newsman who shot to fame after landing TV interviews with Princess Diana and Michael Jackson, has stepped down from his job as an anchorman for U.S. political news network MSNBC after making offensive comments towards Sarah Palin, the former Governor of Alaska and U.S. Vice Presidential candidate.
Bashir had already acknowledged that he went too far when he suggested Palin should be defecated on for remarks she made about the U.S. federal deficit last month, and he apologised for what he said.
On his daily show earlier this week, the newsman said, "I made some comments which were deeply offensive and directed at Governor Sarah Palin. I wanted to take this opportunity to say sorry to Mrs. Palin, and to also offer an unreserved apology to her friends and family, her supporters, our viewers, and anyone who may have heard what I said.
"My words were wholly unacceptable. They were neither accurate, nor fair. They were unworthy of anyone who would claim to have an interest in politics, and they have brought shame upon my friends and colleagues at this network, none of whom were responsible for the things that I said."
Palin pulled the plug on a planned interview on MSNBC's sister network NBC following Bashir's remarks.
On Wednesday, the Brit announced he was resigning, stating, "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."
Bashir joined the network in 2010.