Cleveland News Anchor, Kristi Capel, Receives 3-Day Suspension for ‘Jigaboo’ Comments

Kristi Capel and co-anchor Wayne Dawson, Cleveland Fox 8              YOUTUBE SCREENSHOT
Kristi Capel and co-anchor Wayne Dawson, Cleveland Fox 8
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A Cleveland Fox 8 news anchor has been suspended for three days after making a racist comment on-air. On Monday, Kristi Capel was reporting on the Oscars when she said she appreciated Lady Gaga’s version of the “Sound of Music”—despite the accompanying “jigaboo music.”

“It’s hard to really hear her voice with all the jigaboo music—whatever you want to call it—jigaboo!” Capel stated.

Capel later apologized on Twitter for using the word, claiming she had no idea what it meant.

According to Raw Story, Cleveland Fox 8 issued a statement Wednesday regarding Capel’s suspension.

“Kristi Capel will not be anchoring Fox 8 News in the Morning for the remainder of the week,” the station said. The station also went on to defend Capel’s reputation.

“This incident has prompted thousands of social media comments and emails from across the viewing area and the nation. Unlike many who have commented, co-anchor Wayne Dawson and many of us at Fox 8 have the advantage of knowing Kristi Capel personally and her work in our community,” the station stated. “It is for that reason that we join with the pastors she met with on Tuesday to begin the process of forgiveness and healing.”

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Source: The Root |