A gofundme has been set up for the meteorologist who was fired from WHEC-TV. (Here is the link: gofundme ) Jeremy Kappell was fired after allegedly using a racial slur during a broadcast. Kappell was describing a photo showing Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park when he allegedly uttered the offensive phrase: “Martin Luther C–n King Jr.” Nine years ago, well-known sports talk show personality Mike Greenberg used the exact same phrase by mistake during a broadcast of the Mike & Mike TV and radio show that he co-hosted on ESPN. A meteorologist in Vegas did the exact same thing. Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren released a statement calling for Kappell to be fired.
This is the statement released by WHEC:
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.
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 apologize on the spot.
Our Friday broadcast does not represent the values of News10NBC, its hardworking staff, or the great people of Rochester. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is one of America’s greatest heroes – for whom I, and all of us at News10NBC, have the utmost respect. I am terribly sorry to all of our viewers. We are redoubling our efforts to ensure that this never happens again.