A TV host broke down in tears as she apologised for saying her black colleague looks like a gorilla lives on air.
Alex Housden, during a TV show segment about a gorilla, commented about a gorilla at Oklahoma City’s zoo by telling black colleague Jason Hackett: “Kinda looks like you.”
Her racist statement elicited a backlash as people called for her to be fired from KOCO-TV, and she was forced to apologise the following day.
She groveled as she said sorry to Jason Hackett on Oklahoma’s KOCO-TV last Thursday, August 22.
Breaking down in tears, Housden said: “I’m here this morning because I want to apologize. Not only to my co-worker Jason but to our entire community.
“I said something yesterday that was inconsiderate, it was inappropriate and I hurt people. And I want you to know I understand how much I hurt you out there.”
She then faced Hackett and said: “I know how much I hurt you. I love you so much. You are one of my best friends for the last year and a half and I would never do anything on purpose to hurt you.
“And I love our community. And I want you to know that from the bottom of my heart I apologize for what I said. I know it was wrong and I am so sorry.”
Hackett quickly forgave her. He said he “accepted and appreciated” Housden’s apology.
He added: “Alex is one of my best friends. What she said yesterday was wrong. It cut deep for me and a lot of you in the community.
“I want this to be a teachable moment… words matter, there’s no doubt about that.”