NY Meteorologist Fired After Saying A Racial Slur On Air

New York Weatherman Fired For Racist Slur In Naming Martin Luther King Jr

New York Weatherman Fired For Racist Slur In Naming Martin Luther King Jr

A chief meteorologist at an NBC station in Rochester was sacked on Monday for allegedly using a racial slur during a live broadcast. While describing the photo, Kappell referred to the park as "Dr. Luther C**n King Jr".

"As a result of that broadcast, meteorologist Jeremy Kappell is no longer with News10NBC", said Reingold.

Kappell was joined by his wife in his video statement, saying he had been a meteorologist for almost 20 years and was disappointed in the station's decision to fire him and thanking people for support during what he called an ordeal.

'I would never want to tarnish the reputation of a such a great man as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., one of the greatest civic leaders of all time'.

'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", the statement from Warren and Scott said, according to DemocratAndChronicle.com.

The host later explained in his own apology statement that he spoke too fast, which ultimately left him slurring his words.

Mayor Warren said earlier on Monday that at this point it doesn't matter if the word was said on objective or not, but what does matter is how the community deals with it.

"I'm my mind I knew I mispronounced but there was no malice nothing that I could've ..."

'I had no idea what some people could've interpreted that as.

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WHEC's vice president and general manager Richard A. Reingold said in a statement released Sunday that Kappell was sacked after an internal investigation and discussion.

She said the person who used the slur should no longer be employed at Channel 10 and that this is part of a larger issue; of how people of color are referred to in local media and that its time to deal with these issues "head on".

Video of the Friday evening broadcast went viral over the weekend and amassed more than 100,000 views. Kappell, who boasts almost 20 years of meteorology experience, according to his LinkedIn profile, joined the Rochester station from Louisville, Kentucky, in 2017, according to the station's website.

"I apologize for our broadcast of a racial slur", Richard Reingold, the station's vice president and general manager, said in a statement, saying the broadcast of the word "disheartens and disgusts me".

"This is completely unacceptable and contrary to all standards of broadcasting", the statement read.

"We learned about this Sunday morning, unfortunately quite a while after the incident happened". "We came to the decision we did sometime before I knew of Mayor Warren's position".

Kappell said in his video that he has been a meteorologist for 20 years.

Kappell, who was hired as WHEC's chief meteorologist in October 2017, thanked his supporters in Rochester and asked for forgiveness.

Outraged viewers demanded Kappell's firing soon after the moment hit the air.

"I'm so disappointed that my career could end this way and I'm extremely disappointed by my television station, whom I expect a certain level of support from and I did not receive at all", he said.

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