VIEWERS are calling for a white TV host to be axed after she make a ‘fake’ tearful apology for saying her black co-anchor looked like a gorilla.

Alex Housden appeared to cry during a broadcast being slammed on social media after making the racially-charged comparison with fellow host Jason Hackett.

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Alex Housden, right, apologised for comparing co-host Jason Hackett to a gorilla on a local Oklahoma morning news show[/caption]

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Her tears did not go down well with the station’s viewers[/caption]

The original clip quickly went viral and led her to respond to the public outrage with an emotional apology on the show the following morning.

However, the apology did not go down well with viewers, who said Hackett looked ‘like a hostage forced to smile at his captors’.

A fellow TV host, who identified herself only as Cherry, said: “FIRE HER. Alex Housden couldn’t even bring up fake tears after calling a black man a damn GORILLA!

“Jason Hackett looks like a hostage forced to smile at his captors. This is the epitome of workplace racism and harassment!”

‘NO EXCUSE’

Writing on Twitter, another viewer R.Richii, said: “Alex Housden can keep those fake tears & fake apology! There’s No Excuse for her racist behavior!!! PERIOD!!”

Jere, added: “How does Alex Housden still have her job? She’s disgusting and ignorant and that’s not just being said because I’m on social media, I would tell her in person.”

Victor Aleman said: “We want her out, not to apologize. This is disgusting as well as a broadcast channel that would support her.”

Kearsten Holmdale added: “So sick of the term ‘teaching moment’. She should be fired.

“If he really is one of her closest friends, as she claimed during her crocodile tears, then she would’ve had the sense to NOT make an insensitive comment. Really, Alex Housden, it’s not difficult. Use your head.”

‘FIRE HER’

Some viewers have been using the hashtag #fireAlexHousden in a bid to get the channel to axe the TV host.

LC Torres said: “#FireAlexHousden #StopRacism – they only apologize when they think their job is on the line! #EnoughIsEnough”.

Jacqueline added: “RACIST! No one is buying your fake ass tears. You need to go! #YoureFired #Cancel #CancelAlex #Fired #FireAlex #fireAlexHousden”.

The outrage came after a segment on the local KOCO-TV morning news show on Thursday, in which Housden said to Hackett that a young primate at Oklahoma zoo “kind of looks like you”.

Her stunned co-star awkwardly replied: “He kind of does, actually yeah.”

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Hackett accepted his co-star’s apology – but said the episode reflected the importance of cultural awareness[/caption]

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Some viewers have been using the hashtag #fireAlexHousden in a bid to get the channel to axe the TV host[/caption]

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The outrage came after a segment on the local KOCO-TV morning news show on Thursday, in which Housden said to Hackett that a young primate at Oklahoma zoo “kind of looks like you”[/caption]

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The original clip quickly went viral and led her to respond to the public outrage with an emotional apology on the show the following morning[/caption]

Speaking in her apology, a tearful Housden said: “I’m here this morning because I want to apologise, not only to my co-worker Jason, but to our entire community.”

She added: “I said something yesterday that was inconsiderate, it was inappropriate and I hurt people.

“I want you to know I understand how much I hurt you all out there and how much I hurt you. I would never do anything on purpose to hurt you.”

Hackett accepted his co-host’s apology – but said the episode highlighted the importance of language and cultural awareness.

He responded: “What she said yesterday was wrong. It cut deep for me and a lot of you in the community.

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The local news show had just ran a segment on a baby gorilla at the Oklahoma city zoo[/caption]

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The two co-stars are continuing to front the morning KOCO-TV morning news show[/caption]

“The lesson here is that words matter. We are becoming a more diverse country and there is no excuse.

“We have to understand the stereotypes, we have to understand each other’s backgrounds and the words that hurt, the words that cut deep.

“We have to find a way to replace those words with love and words of affirmation.”


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