WHEC meteorologist Jeremy Kappell, was fired after allegedly using a racial slur on air, an allegation he vehemently denied. Kappell was reporting from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Park in Rochester when viewers alleged he used a slur while saying the late civil rights movement leader’s name.
NBC weatherman and personality Al Roker tweeted in defense of Jeremy Kappell, the meteorologist who was fired from WHEC after he allegedly used a racial slur on air Friday.
— Al Roker (@alroker) January 9, 2019
Roker tweeted Wednesday, “I think Jeremy Kappell 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.”
Kappell was fired from the NBC affiliate on Sunday after the segment aired Friday. He was reporting from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Park in Rochester, N.Y., when viewers alleged he referred to the park as “Martin Luther Coon King Jr. Park.”