February will go down as Anchor suspension month in TV News.
First, NBC Brian Williams was suspended for lying about his Iraq helicopter ride.
Then, KOB Anchor Tom Joles was suspended (the station is calling it a cooling off period) after a newsroom incident on Monday night.
Now, word is that WJW has benched morning Anchor Kristi Capel for her "jigaboo" comment.
The Cleveland station isn't saying much, but parent company Tribune did release a very brief statement saying, "Kristi Capel will not be anchoring 'Fox 8 News in the Morning' for the remainder of the week."
The station did release a statement about the embarrassing incident, saying, "Kristi regrets her actions and realizes the impact of her mistake and the hurt she has caused. On Tuesday afternoon, Kristi met with a group of African-American clergy from Northeast Ohio to begin the process of reflecting on the gravity of this incident. In her on-air apology, Kristi vowed to learn from this experience and has begun that process with help from clergy, friends, family and co-workers."
The station has been working overtime, trying hard to keep video of Capel's comments off of YouTube. The video clearly falls under the fair use guidelines and the station should know that, but it hasn't stopped them from trying to pull the video.
Here it is again: