News anchor under fire for referring to black co-host as a gorilla

News anchor under fire for referring to black co-host as a gorilla

- A US anchor has been left apologising after referring to her colleague as a 'gorilla'.

- The comment had been made during a live broadcast on Oklahoma's ABC affiliate station, KOCO-TV, last week

- Alex Housden had received an understandable amount of backlash from the public, with some calling for her removal

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Alex Housden did the unthinkable when a video of an infant gorilla popped up on screen during a live broadcast on her news channel.

She turned to her black co-host, Jason Hackett, and commented that the primate 'kind-of looks like you'.

The US-based anchor has since given her colleague a tearful apology after her comment riled viewers, reports The Citizen.

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While Hackett accepted her apology, he didn't deny that the comment had 'cut deep', saying that:

“I want this to be a teachable moment and that lesson here is that words, words matter. There’s no doubt about that.”

Naturally, many felt that the anchor had crossed a definitive line with her comment and should be removed from her position following the incident, reports LADbible.

Briefly.co.za reported earlier that a top SARS employee had gotten herself into hot water after using a gorilla toy to refer to her black colleagues.

Take a look at a few of their responses below:

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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