ABC News has suspended producer John Green for some ill-considered emails in which he confided that President Bush “makes me sick.”
Green, executive producer of the weekend editions of “Good Morning America,” was suspended for a month for the emails, which insiders suspect were leaked to the New York Post and the Drudge Report by a disgruntled ex-employee.
ABC News senior VP Phyllis McGrady announced the suspension during the morning meeting of “GMA” staff Friday.
The emails that landed Green in hot water were several years old. The “Bush makes me sick” comment was made in an email written to a colleague as Green watched Bush debate Sen. John Kerry during the 2004 campaign.
He continued, “If he uses the ‘mixed messages’ line one more time, I’m going to puke.”
But Green also had some choice comments about a former member of the Clinton administration.
The New York Post obtained an email in which Green wrote that former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright “has Jew shame.”
The comment referred to Albright’s Jewish background, which was uncovered by the Washington Post soon after she was sworn in as secretary of state in 1997.
Albright, he said, had been miffed that she got only two minutes on the show when she had been promised five.
After the first email was posted on the Drudge Report, an embarrassed Green quickly apologized to ABC News staff.
“By now some of you have seen the Drudge Report featuring a private email I sent to a colleague in 2004,” he wrote. “I want all of you to know how much I regret the embarrassment this story causes ABC. It was an inappropriate thing to say and I’m deeply sorry.”