ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos said he will not moderate a Republican presidential debate scheduled in February after he failed to reveal his donated money to the Clinton foundation.
In an interview with the On Media blog, Stephanopoulos said he made the donations “for the best reasons,” but he realized he made a mistake.
“In retrospect, I probably shouldn’t have, even though I did it for the best reasons,” he said.
Stephanopoulos informed that he gave a sum of $75,000 to the Clinton Foundation, which includes charitable contributions of $25,000 in 2012, 2013 and 2014. ABC News earlier reported that he gave a total of $50,000 to the foundation.
“I won’t moderate that debate,” Stephanopoulos said. “I think I’ve shown that I can moderate debates fairly. That said, I know there have been questions made about moderating debates this year. I want to be sure I don’t deprive viewers of a good debate.”
But at the same time, Stephanopoulos said he would not separate himself from the coverage of the 2016 presidential campaign.
Throughout the interview, Stephanopoulos vehemently apologized to viewers for failing to disclose the contributions he made to the foundation.
“At the time I did not perceive the problem, but in retrospect, as much as I support the very good work that’s been done by the foundation, I should have gone above and beyond any guidelines to make sure that there wouldn’t be any appearance of any conflict,” he said.
“But I should have gone the extra mile and disclosed [the donations] to the viewers,” Stephanopoulos reiterated. “I now realize I should have done that.”
ABC News issued a statement saying it will not take actions against Stephanopoulos.