The cynic in me (who is rarely wrong) thinks this is more to do with Fox News’s proprietor - one Rupert Murdoch.
Murdoch is currently under investigation by the UK media regulator Ofcom which has to decide if he is ‘a fit and proper person’ to be running a media company. This is all to do with his proposed takeover of the entirety of Sky Broadcasting,
Putting a pair of looney-toons racists on air is unlikely to win him any brownie points with Ofcom. Hence the apology - after the damage has been done.
Being a connoisseur of fine wine and propaganda, I draw minor distinctions between Doocy and Kilmeade.
I called Doocy a quisling, by which I meant a slavishly idolatrous minion, in the style of his forebear Vidkun Quisling. Doocy can be relied upon to keep to every single Republican bullet point he receives in the pre-show briefing, irrespective of what is actually transpiring in the political scene.
I called Kilmeade a block of wood somewhat unfairly: it was an insult to all wood, hewn and unhewn.