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In a tearful segment that aired on Oklahoma City’s KOCO-TV, morning anchor Alex Housden apologized to her co-anchor Jason Hackett after comparing him to a gorilla during a broadcast Thursday.
The racist comment occurred after the pair reported on a story about a gorilla at the Oklahoma City Zoo.
Housden ended the segment with the comment: “Kind of looks like you,” directed at Hackett.
Housden called the comment inconsiderate and inappropriate. She said she knows it was wrong and that she would never intentionally hurt her colleague, although she never acknowledged the implcit racism in comparing people of African descent to gorillas.
“I hurt people. I want you to know I understand how much I hurt you out there and how much I hurt you,” she said tearfully turning to her co-anchor.