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News anchor sparks fury after 'accidentally' using racial slur while commenting on Lady Gaga's Oscar performance

  • WJW's Kristi Capel used the term 'jigaboo' to describe Lady Gaga's music
  • The word is a racial slur meaning black people of a darker skin tone
  • In a Twitter apology, Capel claimed to not even know what the word meant
  • Capel's news editor says that's 'no excuse' but that she will keep her job 

If you don't know what a word means, it's best to just not say it.

One Cleveland, Ohio news anchor learned that lesson the hard way when she 'accidentally' uttered a racial slur on-air Monday morning, during a chat about last night's Oscars.

WJW Channel 8 morning news anchor Kristi Capel was discussing Lady Gaga's tribute to the Sound of Music with her co-anchor Wayne Dawson when she used the word 'jigaboo' - a negative term referring to black people of a darker skin tone. 

Cringe-worthy: Cleveland, Ohio morning news anchor Kristi Capel used a racial slur on-air Monday morning but she says it was an accident 

Cringe-worthy: Cleveland, Ohio morning news anchor Kristi Capel used a racial slur on-air Monday morning but she says it was an accident 

Bad choice of words: Capel used the term 'jigaboo' which is a negative word referring to black people of a darker skin tone. Her co-anchor Wayne Dawson, who is African-American, appeared to know the meaning of the term by the look on his face

Bad choice of words: Capel used the term 'jigaboo' which is a negative word referring to black people of a darker skin tone. Her co-anchor Wayne Dawson, who is African-American, appeared to know the meaning of the term by the look on his face

Whoops: Capel used the term in a misguided attempt to compliment pop-star Lady Gaga on her tribute to the Sound of Music at Sunday night's Oscars award ceremony
Whoops: Capel used the term in a misguided attempt to compliment pop-star Lady Gaga on her tribute to the Sound of Music at Sunday night's Oscars award ceremony

Whoops: Capel used the term in a misguided attempt to compliment pop-star Lady Gaga on her tribute to the Sound of Music at Sunday night's Oscars award ceremony

'It's hard to really hear her voice with all the jigaboo music whatever you want to call it...jigaboo,' Capel said in a misguided attempt to compliment the pop star. 

From the shocked look on African-American Dawson's face, he understands the term but doesn't draw attention to the gaffe as they turn the segment over to their traffic reporter. 

Capel went on to apologize for the statement to several viewers on Twitter, saying she didn't even know what the term meant. 

'I do apologize if I offended you, I didn't know the meaning behind it or that it was even a word. Thank you for watching,' she wrote. 

She later went on to Tweet a message to all of her followers. 

'I deeply regret my insensitive comment. I truly did not know the meaning of the word, and would never intentionally use such hurtful language. I sincerely apologize,' she wrote. 

Mea culpa: Capel later tweeted several apologies to individual viewers (above), before posting a general comment to all of her followers (below)

Mea culpa: Capel later tweeted several apologies to individual viewers (above), before posting a general comment to all of her followers (below)

Keeping her job: WJW's news director Andy Fishman says the fact that Capel didn't know the word is 'no excuse' but that she will remain on the network 

Keeping her job: WJW's news director Andy Fishman says the fact that Capel didn't know the word is 'no excuse' but that she will remain on the network 

Her news director Andy Fishman later apologized on behalf of the network in an interview with the Cleveland Plain-Dealer.  

'She didn't even know what the word meant, which is not an excuse,' Fisman said. 'We've spoken to her about this, and we're confident it won't happen again. From here, we'll handle it internally.'

Fishman says that Capel will not be terminated for the comment, and will appear on Tuesday morning's broadcast.  

'She does feel horrible about this. It's not who she is,' Fishman said. 

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Comment by Contonila Goodman on March 3, 2015 at 4:13am

Ha ha ha ..she does not know the meaning ? You a journalist c** presenter using words on live TV you don`t know ? Then you should be sacked for not knowing your job. Wayne she just insulted you...bet you wanted a hole to open up so you can disappear ! 

Comment by alberta nollins on March 1, 2015 at 9:45pm

Lady GAGA is a MAN!!!

Comment by Bombahdrop on February 28, 2015 at 11:41am

lmao I have to agree, beyonce said bugaboo lol she probley got bugaboo from jiggaboo lmao.

Comment by CARIBBEAN QUEEN on February 27, 2015 at 6:13pm

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Comment by E Peters on February 25, 2015 at 4:35pm
I meant to say that's correct Beyoncé
Comment by E Peters on February 25, 2015 at 4:34pm
That's rrye sge uses Bugaboo. And lastly just because people choose to show ignorance by including certain harmful words in song and text doesnt give a person free reign to use it and use the excuse well so and so used the word.
Comment by rashid rourk on February 25, 2015 at 10:31am
If I can recall correctly, I think Beyonce is saying "bugaboo" in the song not jigaboo.
Comment by Roots aka TJ What De Ras on February 25, 2015 at 6:45am
But it's ok for Beyoncé to use it in a song that played so millions of listeners can hear it. If you do not want racial words to be use then stop playing songs with racial words.
Comment by Empress of Jah on February 24, 2015 at 8:03pm
She knew exactly what she was saying! Believe that!
Comment by Baseman1974 on February 24, 2015 at 7:47pm
Why isn't she not suspended, like Stephen smith, where is the outcry, lynchmob

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