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TV Presenter Forced To Apologise After Comparing Black Co-Anchor To Gorilla

TV Presenter Forced To Apologise After Comparing Black Co-Anchor To Gorilla

An American news broadcaster has made a tearful apology after comparing her colleague and fellow broadcasters to a gorilla live on air.

During a live morning programme on Oklahoma's ABC affiliate station KOCO-TV last Thursday, anchor Alex Housden was presenting a report on gorillas at the local zoo.

She was telling the story of ape caretaker who had taken charge of the social media for Oklahoma City Zoo.

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However, when the video segment showed footage of a baby gorilla, she said to her colleague, Jason Hackett, who is black: "Kind of looks like you."

Hackett responded: "He kind of does, actually, yeah."

Hackett didn't react initially to the comments. Credit: KOCO-TV
Hackett didn't react initially to the comments. Credit: KOCO-TV

Obviously, this was a huge mistake. Historically, and even still today, black people have been compared to primates as a form of racism.

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The next morning, Housden made a tearful apology to viewers of the show, with Hackett sitting beside her.

She said: "I'm here this morning because I want to apologise, not only to my co-anchor Jason but to our entire community.

"I said something yesterday that was inconsiderate, that was inappropriate, and I hurt people. And I want you to understand how much I hurt you out there [gesturing to viewers] and how much I hurt you [gesturing to Hackett]."

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Housden went on to say that Hackett is not only her colleague, but also her friend. She re-iterated to her co-anchor that she 'would never do anything on purpose to hurt you'.

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Alex Housden. Credit: KOCO-TV
Alex Housden. Credit: KOCO-TV
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She continued: "I love our community, and I want you all to know from the bottom of my heart: I apologise for what I said. I know it was wrong, and I am so sorry."

Hackett accepted her apology and added that Housden is one of his best friends. However, he told viewers: "What she said yesterday was wrong.

"It cut deep for me, and it cut deep for a lot of you in the community."

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He added: "Coming out of this, I want this to be a teachable moment. The lesson here is that words matter.

"We have to understand the stereotypes.

Housden alongside Jason Hackett. Credit: KOCO-TV
Housden alongside Jason Hackett. Credit: KOCO-TV

"We have to understand each other's backgrounds and the words that hurt, the words that cut deep. We have to find a way to replace those words with love and words of affirmation, as well."

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In a statement to NBC, KOCO-TV said: "The apology by Alex and Jason's acceptance and his comments about the broader issue are the only public comment necessary."

Featured Image Credit: KOCO-TV

Topics: TV and Film, US News

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