A meteorologist at a television station in New York has been fired after appearing to use a racial slur during a broadcast. WHEC chief meteorologist Jeremy Kappell described a Rochester, N.Y., park named after civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. as “Martin Luther Coon” Park on Friday. Kappell has said that he spoke “too fast” and the word was said by mistake.
After the backlash on social media and in the community, WHEC’s vice president and general manager Richard A. Reingold announced on Sunday that Kappell had been fired. In a video posted to Facebook on Monday, Kappell said that he misspoke and did not intend to use the racial slur.