CNBC Host Makes Racist Comment


It appears that CNBC's Joe Kernen knew what he was going to say was racist, but he did it anyway.

The NY Daily News reports that Kernan, Becky Quick and Andrew Ross Sorkin were discussing India's central bank when Quick mentioned that she still had rupees left from a trip abroad.

The conversation quickly devolved when she displayed a two rupee bills — a 50 and a 10.

"Gandhi's on the rupee. Look at that," Sorkin said.

Kernen repeatedly said "Gandhi" in a bad Indian accent, but the conversation only deteriorated from there.

"No, I can't do it. I was going to say something," Kernen said.

Perhaps sensing what was coming next, Quick said, "Please don't."

"I really can't?" Kernan responded.

"No, you can't," said Quick.

Undaunted, Kernan responded: "Are they good at 7-Eleven?"

After Quick admonishes him for the "insulting" comment, Kernen tries to backtrack: "It is. Alright, I'm sorry, I take it back. I apologize, before I have to."


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