26-year-old radio host fired for calling Kamala Harris ‘colorful’

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An Ohio radio station fired a broadcaster who described Senator Kamala Harris as “the country’s first colored runner-up.”

Kyle Cornell, 26, made the remark on air Wednesday night.

He was fired Thursday by WTAM 1100, a Cleveland-based station, after a backlash on social media.

Kyle Cornell, 26, was sacked by Cleveland-based radio station after Wednesday’s remark

Kamala Harris accepted the vice-presidential nominee on Wednesday evening

Kamala Harris accepted the vice-presidential nominee on Wednesday evening

“We are aware of the reference made to WTAM by Kyle Cornell,” Ray Davis, station director of programs and promotions said in a statement.

“We take this issue very seriously and addressed it immediately.

“The term used is extremely offensive and does not reflect our station’s core values ​​and commitment to the communities we serve. He is no longer with WTAM. ‘

In a news teaser that aired during the station’s broadcast of the Cleveland Indians game, Cornell said, “The United States officially has its first colored runner-up. More to come after the game on Newsradio WTAM 1100 Cleveland.

The audio for the clip was posted on social media and sparked anger.

“Hey @ WTAM1100 it’s racist to use the term ‘colorful’ to describe Kamala Harris,” one listener tweeted.

Another described Cornell as an “ignorant bozo”.

Chicago Tribune Editor Colin McMahon tweeted: “Thought I must have misheard on @Indians. “

Listeners to the radio show were quick to point out Cornell's unacceptable use of the term

Listeners to the radio show were quick to point out Cornell’s unacceptable use of the term

A social media user described Cornell as an 'ignorant bozo' for using the offensive term

One social media user described Cornell as an ‘ignorant bozo’ for using the offensive term

McMahon, editor of the Chicago Tribune, said he thought he misheard the radio

McMahon, editor of the Chicago Tribune, said he thought he misheard the radio

Cornell apologized for “rendering a judgment in error” and said he never intended to commit an offense.

“I wasn’t trying to be malicious or in any way decimate the character or anything like that,” Cornell told 3News. “It was never the goal. And for that, I am very sorry.

He also apologized to the station.

“For the WTAM station too, I feel horrible for them to experience what they have had to go through in the last 24 hours.

“I just want them to understand that it was a tough choice to make and that I accept my punishment and I know that I still love and care about everyone at the station, wish them well and I hope they can forgive me for passing judgment in error and something that I know is not me.

Harris, whose mother is from India and whose father is from Jamaica, is the first woman of color on a major party’s presidential ticket.

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