A white newscaster who apologized on tears on live television on Tuesday after causing outrage that his black colleague looked like a gorilla.
Alex Housden, host of the morning news program at KOCO 5 TV in Oklahoma City, sparked outrage while A clip on a baby western lowland gorilla named Fin taking selfie videos. The initially lighthearted segment quickly became viral after Housden told co-host Jason Hackett, who is black, that Fin looks "like you when you take a picture".
Hackett, who pauses for a moment, answers: "Yes, yes, it's really … very close to the camera. "
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The next morning, however, there were no laughter on the set. Housden and Hackett sat side by side on a couch when, with tears, Housden apologized to her colleague and viewers for her "inappropriate" comment.
"Yesterday I said something rash, it was inappropriate and I hurt people," she said. "I want you to know that I understand how much I hurt you and how much I hurt you. I would never do anything deliberately to hurt you.
Housden described Hackett as her "best friend", insisting that she would never "deliberately do anything to hurt him".
Hackett accepted Housden's apology and said the incident was a "teachable moment".
"What she said yesterday was wrong, it hit me and many of you in the community deeply, the lesson here is that words are important," he said, "we are becoming a more diverse country and there is no excuse . "
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" We need to understand the stereotypes, we need to understand each other's backgrounds and words that hurt, the words that went deep, "he added
"We must find a way to replace these words with love and affirmative words."