News Anchor Apologizes To Black Co-Host For Saying On-Air He Resembled A Gorilla

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Rebecca Shapiro, Senior Editor, HuffPost

A TV news anchor in Oklahoma City issued a tearful apology to her Black co-host after she made a racist comment on air, saying he looked like a gorilla.

During the local ABC station’s morning news program last week, KOCO anchor Alex Housden, a white woman, capped off a segment about a gorilla at the Oklahoma City Zoo by telling her Black co-anchor, Jason Hackett, that he resembled the primate. The racist comment sparked outrage among viewers and went viral, and Housden made her on-air apology the following day.

“I want to apologize not only to my co-anchor, Jason, but to our entire community,” she said through tears.

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