A New York meteorologist was fired from a local television station after he said a racial slur during a weather report.
Jeremy Kappell was fired Friday after he was reporting from Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park in Rochester when viewers stated that he used a slur during the broadcast. Viewers allegedly heard Kappell said “Dr.Martin Luther C***.” during the weather report. His termination was immediately demanded from Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren after she witnessed the racial slip-up.
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“It is wrong, hurtful and infuriating that WHEC Channel 10 broadcast a racial slur in reference to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. during its Friday news broadcast. It is beyond unacceptable that this occurred. There must be real consequences for the news personality involved and also for the management team that failed to immediately apologize and address the slur.”
Kappell denies that he said the racial slur and tweeted that he never uttered those words in his life. News10NBC general manager Richard Reimgold released a statement on Monday in reference to the live broadcast.
“On behalf of News10NBC, I apologize for our broadcast of a racial slur in a reference to Martin Luther King, Jr. Park during our Friday evening broadcast (1/4/19). Upon learning of the incident, News10NBC leadership immediately initiated an internal investigation and internal discussion, and by Sunday had made a staffing change.”
“As a result of that broadcast meteorologist, Jeremy Kappell is no longer with News10NBC. We believe strongly in holding our reporters and anchors to the highest standard. We are proud of our dedicated newsroom professionals, and expect and require that each respects and understands that their behavior reflects directly on the station for which they work and the community we serve.”
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Source: FOX NEWS