On Sunday, Howard Kurtz apologized to Jason Collins, saying that he was wrong to criticize the NBA free agent.

Collins last week came out gay in a cover story for Sports Illustrated.

In a Daily Beast column titled Jason Collins' Other Secret, Kurtz claimed that Collins had failed to disclose that he was once engaged to a woman, Carolyn Moss. A later version of the story stated that Collins had “downplayed” the subject.

(Related: Carolyn Moos, Jason Collins' ex-fiancee: I invested 8 years.)

Within hours, Newsweek/Daily Beast Editor in Chief Tina Brown announced that Kurtz was no longer employed at the Daily Beast.

In a Reliable Sources segment, Kurtz, the host of the CNN program which takes a critical look at the news media, explained what had happened.

“On Monday, I read the Sports Illustrated article by Jason Collins, the first pro male team athlete to come out publicly as gay,” Kurtz told his viewers. “I read it too fast and carelessly missed that Jason Collins said he was engaged previously to a woman and then wrote and commented that he was wrong to keep that from readers when in fact I was the one who was wrong.”

“My logic about what happened between Jason Collins and his former fiancee and what was or wasn't disclosed in hindsight, well I was even wrong to raise that. And it showed a lack of sensitivity to the issue. Also, I didn't give him a chance to respond to my account before I wrote it. And, in addition, my first correction to the story was not as complete and as full as it should have been.”

“In a video where I discuss the issue, I wrongly jokingly referred to something that shouldn't have been joked about.”

“For all those reasons, I apologize to readers, to viewers, most importantly to Jason Collins and to his ex-fiancee,” Kurtz said. (The video is embedded on this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)