Chuvit claimed he was made to look bad by the reporter's questions.
"I admit I did it. I couldn't stand it when he humiliated me on air," he told Reuters.
"A man like me, you can kill him but you can't insult him. I apologized for what I did ... but I had to do it. I haven't done anything like this in over 30 years," he later said in a press conference.
The reporter, Visarn Dilokwanich, filed a complaint with the police and told reporters what might have set Chuvit off.
"He was very upset when I told him during the show that what he said off-air and on-air was totally different," Visarn said.
Chuvit, for his part, admitted that politics is not for the faint of heart. To the Associated Press he said,
"Politics is so dirty, so ugly," Chuwit Kamolvisit sighs. "I would rather sit tight in the nightclub, surrounded by girls, smoking cigars, drinking brandy, champagne. That was the perfect life."
Chuvit was speaking from experience. Before giving in to his political aspirations, he amassed a fortune running brothels masquerading as massage parlors in Bangkok.
Incumbent Apirak Kosayodhin was re-elected as governor. According to the BBC, the governor has few powers.