CNN White House reporter Kaitlan Collins has been forced to apologize after her old tweets where she used homophobic slurs have resurfaced.
According to reports, in 2011, Collins used the word “fag” and says she wouldn’t want to “share a room with a lesbian.” Collins joined CNN in 2017.
In one tweet, Collins wrote: “Prologue to the Canterbury Tales, you fag,” in reply to a Twitter User.
In a second tweet, she wrote: “Idk if I wanna room with a lesbian.”
Collins shared the following apology statement on Twitter:
“When I was in college, I used ignorant language in a few tweets to my friends. It was immature but it doesn’t represent the way I feel at all. I regret it and apologize.”
According to the Washington Examiner, one of Collins’ co-workers said they were “personally offended” by her tweets.
Matt Dornic, the CNN vice president of communications who identified himself as gay, tweeted that while he was “disappointed” that Collins used an offensive word, he has since accepted her apology:
“I’m a proud gay man. And I am a proud friend of Kaitlan Collins. Tho I’m disappointed that she ever used the word (even as an immature college kid), I can say with certainty it doesn’t reflect her feelings toward the LGBTQ community. She’s apologized and I accept that.”
Collins previously made headlines in July 2018 after she was suspended from an official White House press conference for what she claimed was asking “inappropriate” questions about Michael Cohen.
Prior to her employment with CNN, Collins served as the White House Correspondent for the conservative website The Daily Caller.
Collins, who is from Prattville, Alabama, attended the University of Alabama, where she originally studied chemistry and later transitioned to journalism, political science. Additionally, she was a member of the Alpha Phi sorority.