NBC News said that veteran broadcaster Tom Brokaw's comments about the Hispanic community "were inaccurate and inappropriate."

The news network made the comments in a statement released Monday evening, adding that it was "glad" Brokaw apologized for what he said. 

Brokaw, a veteran journalist best known for having hosted all three of NBC's major news shows, said Sunday on NBC's "Meet The Press" that "Hispanics should work harder at assimilation."

He made the statement as he discussed immigration and what he viewed as the Republican Party's response to a "new constituent in American politics, Hispanics."


"A lot of this we don’t want to talk about,” Brokaw said. “But the fact is, on the Republican side, a lot of people see the rise of an extraordinary, important, new constituent in American politics, Hispanics, who will come here and all be Democrats."

While speaking about "cultures that are conflicting," Brokaw said that he believes "Hispanics should work harder at assimilation."

"That’s one of the things I’ve been saying for a long time," he said. "You know, they ought not to be just codified in their communities but make sure that all their kids are learning to speak English, and that they feel comfortable in the communities."

"PBS NewsHour” White House correspondent Yamiche Alcindor, who appeared on the panel with Brokaw, responded by saying Brokaw's comments were "troubling."

Brokaw issued an apology later on Sunday, saying, among other things, that he felt "terrible a part of my comments on Hispanics offended some members of that proud culture."

Dozens of Latino leaders within politics, advocacy groups and the media wrote a letter on Monday calling on "Meet the Press" to do more to address Brokaw's comments. 

The group asked for the program to more regularly feature Latinx voices and to make a "significant contribution" to the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.

Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-Ariz.), a Hispanic lawmaker and Iraq War veteran, also denounced Brokaw's comments, sharing a photo on Twitter of himself in a Marines uniform with the caption, “I assimilated pretty well."