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01-08-2019, 07:28 AM

WHEC apologizes to viewers after firing meteorologist Jeremy Kappell for racial slur
Updated 8:48 a.m. ET Jan. 8, 2019


A television meteorologist is out of a job one day after Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren and City Council President Loretta Scott called for his firing for making a racial slur during a broadcast. An executive at the station, WHEC (Channel 10), apologized to viewers on the air during an evening broadcast Monday.

During a WHEC weather forecast on Friday that showed a live shot of the city's Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park, Jeremy Kappell appeared to call it "Martin Luther Coon King Jr. Park.":p

The station's vice president and general manager, Richard A. Reingold, confirmed Kappell's dismissal in a statement Monday.

"As a result of that broadcast, meteorologist Jeremy Kappell is no longer with News10NBC," Reingold said. "We believe strongly in holding our reporters and anchors to the highest standard."

Kappell, who had been WHEC's chief meteorologist since October 2017, said Monday evening that the incident had been "a simple misunderstanding" that arose because he "jumbled a couple of words.;)

"I know some people did interpret that the wrong way. That ("coon") was not a word I said, I promise you that. If you did feel that it hurt you in any way, I sincerely apologize," Kappell said in a four-minute video statement he posted on his Facebook page.

The Bobster
04-16-2019, 02:16 PM

Weatherman fired for alleged on-air racial slur sues news station
By Kenneth Garger
April 15, 2019 | 11:03pm | Updated April 16, 2019 | 4:40pm


The former chief meteorologist of an NBC station in Rochester who was axed earlier this year for allegedly using a racial slur during a live broadcast filed a lawsuit Monday against his old employer.

Jeremy Kappell filed suit against WHEC-TV, Hubbard Broadcasting and the station’s general manager, Richard Reingold, for defamation, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and negligent infliction of emotional distress, according to WHAM.

Kappell was canned on Jan. 4, days after a broadcast in which he appeared to refer to Rochester’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Square Park, as “Dr. Luther C–n, King Jr. Park.” :D

At the time, Kappell attributed the incident to a “verbal slip” – a claim echoed in Kappell’s lawsuit against his old station, which faults his utterance as a “linguistic error.”

The weatherman’s attorney’s said in the suit filed in Monroe County Court that the statement released by WHEC General Manager Richard Reingold following the incident amounts to defamation.

Kappell’s lawyers said that Reingold’s statement directly attributed the racial slur to their client, “representing to the world that Kappell had intentionally uttered a racial slur. In doing so, Reingold defamed Kappell …,” according to the lawsuit obtained by WHAM.

Kappell is seeking a jury trial and an unknown monetary judgement.

WHEC-TV responded to its ex-employee’s lawsuit in a statement, saying, “We are disappointed that Mr. Kappell has taken this step, and are prepared to defend our decision to the fullest. Because this matter is now in the courts, we will have no further comment.”