WLBT News Anchor Barbie Bassett is no longer listed with the network after quoting Snoop Dogg lyrics during a live broadcast.
Once again an on-air personality has been reprimanded for getting way too comfortable on television.
NBC affiliate WLBT’s news anchor Barbie Bassett is reportedly out of a job after deciding to quote Snoop Dogg’s lyrics on air.
Bassett has been with the company for over 20 years but is no longer listed on their website and The NY Post reached out to WLBT for comment.
“As I am sure you can understand, WLBT is unable to comment on personnel matters,” Ted Fortenberry, the station’s regional vice president and general manager, told The Post in an emailed statement Saturday.
If you’re curious how she ended up quoting “Fo Shizzle, My Nizzle” on television, the group discussed Snoop’s Cali Wine line. “Nizzle” is slang for the N-word and Barbie is white. The Post reports that she also previously tweeted the phrase and the latest incident comes after she apologized for referencing a black reporter’s “grandmammy” on air.
“Though not intentional, I now understand how my comment was both insensitive and hurtful. I have apologized to Carmen Poe,” Bassett said about her colleague.
“Now, I would like to apologize to you. That is not the heart of who I am. And for that, I humbly ask for your forgiveness and I apologize to everyone I have offended.”
“I will learn from this and participate in training so I can better understand our history and our people. I can’t mend the hurt my comment caused. I pray you’ll forgive me and that you’ll extend grace through this awful mistake.”
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