01.14.2019

Al Roker, MLK's daughter denounce meteorologist's firing over alleged racist slur

Al Roker, MLK's daughter denounce meteorologist's firing over alleged racist slur (Photo: USAT)

Al Roker and Martin Luther King Jr.'s daughter are speaking out about a former television meteorologist who was fired for making a racial slur during a live broadcast. 

WHEC-TV meteorologist Jeremy Kappell was let go Monday, three days after referring to Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park in Rochester, New York, as "Martin Luther Coon King Jr. Park" during a weather segment.

The high-profile "Today" weather anchor believes Kappell deserves a chance to redeem himself. 

"I think @JeremyKappell made an unfortunate flub and should be given the chance to apologize on @news10nbc," Roker, 64, tweeted Wednesday. "Anyone who has done live tv and screwed up (google any number of ones I’ve done) understands."

Bernice King added her voice Thursday, saying there should be consequences for Kappell's slip-up, but his firing goes too far. She suggested that the former weatherman should instead have been demoted or gone through implicit bias training.

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