kett to a gorilla (Image: KOCO 5/ ABC NEWS) Read MoreRelated ArticlesMoment white woman launches racist raspberry blowing attack on Asian motorist Mr Hackett awkwardly replied: He kind of does, actually, yeah. The clip was posted online and quickly went viral as viewers called for Ms Housden to be sacked. Ms Housden made a tearful apology on camera the following morning as Mr Hackett sat next to her. Ms Housden made a tearful on-air apology the next day (Image: KOCO 5/ ABC NEWS) Read MoreRelated ArticlesTwitter told to get a grip after racial abuse targeted Man Utd players The TV station, an ABC affiliate owned by Hearst Television, has been criticised over th
e way it handled viewers complaints and Ms Housdens apology. In her apology, Ms Housden described Mr Hackett as one o
f my best friends. She broke down in tears, saying: Im here this morning because I want to apologise, not only to my co-worker Jason, but to our entire community. The journalists were reporting on a gorilla at a local zoo (Image: KOCO 5/ ABC NEWS) Read MoreTop news stories from Mirror OnlineMissing ship found off Florida coastBeautiful princess dies sudden
lyBrits to be quarantined for 14 daysMum lunchbox shamed shares explanation 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. Mr Hackett accepted her apology and said: What she said yesterday was wrong. Viewers called for Ms Housden to be sacked (Image: Alex Housden/Twitter) It cut deep for me and a lot of you in the community. 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 others 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. Ms Housdens Facebook profile was taken offline as she received abuse (Image: Alex Housden/Twitter) But many viewers and social media users werent as forgiving. Ms Housden was inundated with criticism and abuse on Facebook and her profile was taken offline. One woman wrote: KOCO 5 has allowed Alex Housden back on TV. I phoned management. They said it was their decision to allow her to keep her job! If you do not agree with this decision please call ... and demand her removal! Another viewer wrote: Alex Housden should have checked herself before she allowed the racist and offensive words to leave her mouth! Shame on @koconews a slap on the
hand and an apology is a slap in Hacketts face! I was a faithful viewer until now. Smh!!! And sports and entertainment lawyer Exavier Pope tweeted: Cringeworthy KOCO TV anchor Jason Hackett was put in a situation that centered Alex Housden’s tears and was made to sit next to her to qualify her offense of him by also standing in as the black friend and then make a unifying statement. He shouldered the entire burden. SMH.