Fox News contributor Tucker Carlson recently retracted his statement that Philadelphia Eagles’ quarterback Michael Vick should have been executed for his involvement in dog-fighting crimes.

Carlson issued his explanation on the Fox program, “Hannity,” the same show that he appeared on when he said Vick should be executed.

“This is what happens when you get too emotional,” Carlson told Sean Hannity. “I know a lot about what Michael Vick did … I over spoke. I’m uncomfortable with the death penalty in any circumstance.”

Carlson told Hannity his emotions as a dog lover took over, but he went too far.

“Of course, I don’t think he should be executed, but I do think that what he did is truly appalling.”

Carlson’s remarks came on a Dec. 28 airing of “Hannity.” He led a panel discussion about President Barack Obama commending Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeffry Lurie for giving Vick a second chance to play in the NFL after serving his prison sentence. Vick had served 18 months in federal prison for his conviction of funding an illegal dog fighting ring.

“Michael Vick killed dogs, and he did (it) in a heartless and cruel way.” Carlson said during the “Hannity” show. “I think personally he should have been executed for that.”