Thousands have signed a Change.org petition in support of WHEC meteorologist Jeremy Kappell after he was fired for saying a racial slur on the air.
Now, Today Show meteorologist Al Roker is also standing up for Kappell, calling what happened an “unfortunate flub” in a tweet.
“I think @JeremyKappell made an unfortunate flub and should be given the chance to apologize on @news10nbc Anyone who has done live tv and screwed up (google any number of ones I’ve done) understands,” tweeted Roker.
During his forecast on Jan. 6, Kappell was talking over a photo of a skate park and said “Martin Luther Coon King Jr.” Two days later, the Hubbard Broadcasting station issued a statement and fired Kappell, who said he had a “verbal slip.”
So far, 31,000 people have signed a Change.org petition supporting Kappell.
— Al Roker (@alroker) January 9, 2019