Published: Fri, January 11, 2019
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

Fired TV Weatherman Denies Using Racial Slur On-Air

Fired TV Weatherman Denies Using Racial Slur On-Air

A NY television meteorologist was sacked after saying what many heard as a racial slur on air, which he defended on Monday evening as a slip of the tongue that he tried to quickly correct.

A chief meteorologist at an NBC station in Rochester was sacked on Monday for allegedly using a racial slur during a live broadcast.

Listen to the (admittedly rather grainy) reporting here. After facing criticism for his words, the meteorologist claimed to have misspoken. If you watch me regularly you know that I tend to contain a lot of information in my weathercast, which forces me to speak fast and unfortunately I spoke a little too fast when I was referencing Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

"I know some people did interpret that the wrong way".

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

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

Replying to a viewer who tweeted "wowww that video. he definitely says that all the time, which is why it slipped out on air", Kappell wrote Monday, "For the record, I've never uttered those words in my life". "I regret that we did not immediately interrupt our broadcast and apologize on the spot", Reingold added.

Yet, Kappel is not without his supporters, with many agreeing it was simply a slip of the tongue rather than anything racist. "We are proud of our dedicated newsroom professionals, and expect and require that each respects and understands their behavior reflects directly on the station for which they work and the community we serve".


"It is beyond unacceptable that this occurred", she seethed in a statement Sunday.

"Thank you for your patience during this very hard time for me and my family", he told Yahoo. "It took the station almost two days to apologize, and only after the station was shamed into doing so by a backlash on social media", it read. If you did feel that it hurt you in any way in any way I sincerely apologize. "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".

The Rochester Association of Black Journalists has also weighed in on the issue, saying the incident is "completely unacceptable" and that they expect a "complete explanation of what happened and why nothing was done immediately after broadcast".

"With that being said I'm so disappointed that my career could end this way, and extremely disappointed at the decisions at my television station whom I expected a certain level of support from which I did not receive at all", Kappell said.

Kappell, who worked as a meteorologist at WDRB in Louisville from 2011 to 2017, was terminated Monday.

The statement issued Sunday by Warren and City Council invited local media and their management to help address the issues that have been raised, by joining with the city as part of the National League of Cities' REAL (Race, Equity and Leadership) committee National Day of Racial Healing on January 22, to "have an open and honest conversation about how we can move forward".

Kappell has been active on social media about the incident and shared this post on Facebook. In a joint statement, Warren and Scott said it was "wrong, hurtful and infuriating" for the station to broadcast the racial slur.

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