ROCHESTER, N.Y – Two high-profile people say the meteorologist who was fired over the use of a racial slur on air should not have been fired.
Fellow weatherman Al Roker, of NBC’s “Today” Show, defended former WHEC-TV meteorologist Jeremy Kappell after he was fired for saying “Martin Luther Coon Park” when referring to a park named after Martin Luther King Jr. in Rochester, New York.
Kappell has repeatedly said it was an accident — the result of speaking too quickly and jumbling sounds in a name.
In a tweet, Roker wrote, “I think @JeremyKappell made an unfortunate flub and should be given the chance to apologize on @news10nbc Anyone who has done live tv and screwed up (google any number of ones I’ve done) understands.”
Bernice King, a daughter of Martin Luther King Jr. Also says Kappell shouldn’t have been fired.
King told TMZ on Thursday that there should be repercussions for Kappell but she believes bias training or demotion might be better in this case.
The station says Kappell’s utterance was inexcusable and is standing by the decision to terminate him.