Weatherman Denies Using Racial Slur Live On Air, Gets Sacked Anyway

Weatherman Denies Using Racial Slur Live On Air, Gets Sacked Anyway

An American weatherman has been fired after allegedly using an offensive racial slur during a live broadcast.

Jeremy Kappell (main photo) of NBC’s WHEC-TV was reporting on the weather from Martin Luther King Memorial Park in Rochester in New York State when he apparently said: “Martin Luther c**n King Junior.”

Listen to the (admittedly rather grainy) reporting here.

Kappell denies using the slur and claimed he’d simply mangled his sentence.

In a Facebook post following his dismissal, Kappell said: “What happened on Friday, to me, it’s a simple misunderstanding. If you watch me regularly you know I tend to contain a lot of information in my weathercast, which forces me to speak fast.

“Unfortunately I spoke a little too fast when I was referencing Dr Martin Luther King Jr. So fast to the point where I jumbled a couple of little words. I’m my mind I knew I mispronounced but there was no malice nothing that I could’ve… I had no idea the way it came across to many people.”

However, WHEC-TV bosses were having none of it and promptly gave Kappell his marching orders.

Station vice president and general manager Richard A Reingold said: “These words have no place on News10NBC’s air, and the fact that we broadcast them disheartens and disgusts me; that it was not caught immediately is inexcusable. I regret that we did not immediately interrupt our broadcast and apologise on the spot.”

Yet, Kappel is not without his supporters, with many agreeing it was simply a slip of the tongue rather than anything racist. There are now calls for the weatherman to be reinstated, with 2000-plus people signing a petition calling on the network to give him his job back.

Check out some of the social media support below:

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