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Racist American TV Presenter Alex Housden Apologises For Calling Black Co-Host A Gorilla Live On Air

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Racist American TV Anchor Alex Housden Apologises For Calling Black Co-Host A Gorilla Live On Air

A US TV anchor has tendered an apology for comparing her black co-host to a gorilla live on air.

Alex Housden, a presenter of the KOCO-5 morning news programme in Oklahoma, made the comment to her colleague Jason Hackett as the show played a clip of a baby gorilla, saying the animal “kind of looks like you”.–YG9QTtxI

She was visibly upset as she apologised for the comment the following day, with Mr Hackett sat next to her.

“I said something yesterday that was inconsiderate, it was inappropriate, and I hurt people,” Ms Housden said, adding that she understood she had hurt people “out there” as well as Mr Hackett, who she described as one of her best friends.

Ms Housden had made the remark as the pair introduced a segment on the programme about an ape caretaker who had taken over the social media accounts of Oklahoma City Zoo.

Mr Hackett told Ms Housden that he accepted her apology and considered her a good friend, but said he wanted the incident to be a “teachable moment” and that “words matter”.

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

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

But Mr Hackett’s acceptance of Ms Housden’s apology has done little to stop viewers airing their frustration.

Some have called for Ms Housden to be fired from her job at the TV station.



  1. bredera proud black

    August 28, 2019 at 5:00 PM

    So sad this black man is too handsome to be called such demeaning names.
    Most of these whites in North America are racist who disguised to love blacks.

  2. Patoya Michael

    August 28, 2019 at 5:01 PM

    If the man was a Nigerian, she wouldn’t have called him a gorilla. Nigerians are significant for their natural beauty both men and women.

    • OLA

      August 28, 2019 at 9:09 PM


    • Noel

      August 29, 2019 at 9:48 AM

      what as this had to do with been a Nigerian

  3. Amanda

    August 29, 2019 at 5:39 PM

    Crocodile tears as usual. She apologized for her career reason not that she’s deeply sorry for being racist and stupid

    Btw, why are Nigerian media outlets enormously silent over Governor Wike’s remarks on PH being christian state?. Why do they not outrage?. And why are they not outrage over alleged mosque demolition?.

    We know where media in nigeria stand now. We know who they work for.

  4. Nikky

    August 29, 2019 at 10:58 PM

    They will always insult and then apologize. It’s deliberate and should never be accepted.
    Blacks should seize every single opportunity to insult whites all the time and then apologize. That’s fair enough.
    Call them anything insulting, demeaning, hurting… Whatever…then apologise.

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