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Vegas weatherman loses job for on-air 'slip' – "Martin Luther Coon"

The man’s name is Rob Blair. KTNV did the right thing. What a damn asswipe this cretin is. (reviewjournal.com):

KTNV-TV, Channel 13, fired weekend weather anchor Rob Blair on Sunday, a day after he made an on-air racial slur about Martin Luther King Jr.

Jim Prather, vice president and general manager of KTNV, said Blair “stumbled” during a weather update at 7:55 a.m. Saturday but added that “this kind of incident is not acceptable under any circumstances, and I’m truly sorry that this event occurred.”

Blair was delivering the extended forecast when he said, “For tomorrow, 60 degrees, Martin Luther Coon King Jr. Day, gonna see some temperatures in the mid-60s.”

About 20 minutes later, Blair told viewers at the ABC affiliate, “Apparently I accidentally said Martin Luther Kong Jr., which I apologize about — slip of the tongue.”

He offered a full apology during Saturday’s 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. newscasts.

At 6:11 p.m., co-anchor Christina Brown, who is black, announced, “Right now we want to pause for a program note. Rob?”

Blair, seated at the news desk with co-anchors Brown and Shawn Boyd, said, “On a weather report earlier this morning, I made an accidental slip of the tongue when talking about the Martin Luther King holiday, and what I said was interpreted by many viewers as highly offensive. For that I offer my deepest apology. I in no way intended to offend anyone. I’m very sorry.”

Give me a f*cking break. It’s a real “slip” alright. The only way you can make a slip like this is if you are used to using the word “coon” in that manner. Since he’s in Vegas, I doubt the knobend was confusing King with a fond past memory of hunting a raccoon.

BTW, the KTNV web site has already been cleansed of any reference to Blair….

Before: Join Nate Tannenbaum on weeknights, Mark Pfister on Action News This Morning, and Rob Blair on weekends for the most accurate forecasts in Southern Nevada.

After: Join Nate Tannenbaum on weeknights and Mark Pfister on Action News This Morning for the most accurate forecasts in Southern Nevada.

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