It resulted in scores and scores of online complaints, angry phone calls and people calling for his job. As a result, Jim Gardner issued the following apology:
As far as forced non-apology apologies go that people issue so they can remain employed, that one isn't bad. I believe him when he said he never intended for his blissfully unaware conservative, pro-police state biases to hurt and offend so many people, and I double believe him when he says he wishes he would have said things differently. In hindsight, I bet he wishes he would have said something like this:
"Kelly, you're cutting out here. What was that? Kelly? Hello??? We're getting interference from the police scanners. You guys can take things over from here."