A news anchor has apologised after she told her black co-anchor that a baby gorilla “kind of looked like him” while they were hosting a news segment.
Anchor Alex Housden from the KOCO 5 News in Oklahoma City made a racist remark during a segment about an ape whose handler was running the local zoo’s Instagram for the day.
When a video of a baby gorilla appeared on screen, Housden told her black co-anchor, Jason Hackett, that the ape “kind of looks like you.”
After a day she apologised to Hackett, saying: “I said something yesterday that was inconsiderate, it was inappropriate, and I hurt people. And I want you to understand how much I hurt you out there and how much I hurt you,” she said.
“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,” she added.
White TV anchor Alex Housden apologizes on air for saying her black KOCO TV co-anchor, Jason Hackett, looks like a gorilla at the Oklahoma City Zoo.pic.twitter.com/4N1BBs8o4K
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Hackett, who was seated next to her accepted her apology, but said that the words “cut deep for me.”
“Alex, thank you very much, I do accept your apology, and I do appreciate your apology,” he said.