Martin Bashir stepped down from his post on MSNBC this week after making a disparaging comment against former Alaska governor and one-time vice president hopeful Sarah Palin during a broadcast last month. During an appearance on Fox News' Fox & Friends show on Thursday, 5 December, Palin addressed the comments for the first time and said that she is ready to "move on" following the incident.

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Bashir was critical of Palin's competence as a politician

"My role was to accept his apology and be humble enough to accept it and move on," Palin said in the broadcast (via USA Today). A regular contributor for Fox News, Palin is a frequent critic of the news coverage found in what she calls the "lamestream media," and said during yesterday's broadcast that it was "refreshing to see though that many in the media did come out and say, 'Look, our standards have got to be higher than this.'"

Last month, Bashir launched an on-air attack against the former beauty queen-turned-politician, referring to her as a "world-class idiot," among other things. He went on to state that he hopes she will one day suffer an act of cruelty similar to the acts performed against slaves by their owners, as detailed in the diary of British landowner Thomas Thistlewood.

What next for Martin Bashir?

After making an on-air apology some time after the broadcast, Bashir took some time off from the cable network and on Wednesday (4 Dec.) he announced his resignation from the network. In his farewell statement, Bashir said he hoped his departure from the network would allow MSNBC "to focus on the issues that matter without the distraction of myself or my ill-judged comments."

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What next for Bashir?