Cleveland Anchor Returns to Television after On-air Racial Slur

A week after making national headlines by using a racially offensive term on the air, Kristi Capel returned to WJW Channel 8’s morning newscast. And it was a business-as-usual 4:30-10 a.m. Monday run for the Cleveland anchor.

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“Good morning, everyone, I’m Kristi Capel,” were the familiar words heard as the newscast kicked off at 4:30. She then introduced a story about snow-plow operators, settling back into her anchor chair on the Channel 8 news set.

Owned by Tribune Media Group, the Cleveland Fox affiliate pulled Capel from the morning news for three days. She was missing from the station’s Studio A for last week’s Wednesday-Friday newscasts, although Channel 8 executives did not confirm whether this was an actual suspension, paid or unpaid. Stacey Frey filled in for Capel.

Capel ignited an Internet firestorm after using the word “jigaboo,” a derogatory term for African-Americans, while praising Lady Gaga’s performance at the 87th Academy Awards. She apologized to Channel 8 viewers during last Tuesday’s morning newscast.

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