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Fox News host apologizes for heated criticism of a Republican congressman (Photo by Carlo Allegri/Invision/AP)
This July 1, 2013 photo shows, from left, Kimberly Guilfoyle, Bob Beckel, Eric Bolling, Dana Perino, Greg Gutfeld and Andrea Tantaros co-hosts of Fox News Channel's "The Five" following a taping of the show in New York. The program's deceptively simple premise is five folks sitting around a table at 5 p.m. EDT, kicking around the day's news and hot topics. This year "The Five" has emerged as Fox's second most popular show, behind only Bill O'Reilly, despite not having the larger pool of potential viewers that prime time usually provides. (Photo by Carlo Allegri/Invision/AP)

Fox News host Bob Beckel let his emotions fly on Thursday when he referred to Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) as a “punk.”

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Beckel made the comments on “The Five” during a conversation about an interview Chaffetz gave regarding the new Republican replacement for the Affordable Care Act. Chaffetz insinuated that Americans were putting money away for things like gadgets instead of healthcare.

“Maybe instead of getting that new iPhone they just love…maybe they should invest in their own healthcare,” Chaffetz said.

Beckel referred to Chaffetz as “that punk,” on his program, to the surprise of his co-hosts.

On Wednesday evening, Beckel apologized.

“Went overboard on The Five today and called a Republican congressman a punk. It was not necessary and I regret it,” he tweeted.

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