A Mississippi news anchor has been fired for making racial comments live on air, and this isn’t her first time.
Barbie Bassett is a news anchor for WLBT in Jackson Mississippi and during a segment, on March 8th the crew was discussing Snoop dog’s wine collection.
The crew joked about collaborating with the rapper and Barbie shared her excitement by saying ‘fo shizzle my nizzle’ live on air.
Her statement caused quite a stir on social media and after 20 years WLBT let Barbie go.
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Oop! Not Barbie Bassett got fired!
— Cha-Cha DiGregorio ?? (@MessyMyles) March 20, 2023
Barbie Bassett said “Fosizzle my Nizzle” on TV & thought she could get away with it cause she said “Mammy” before ????. She thought that white privileged was gone be privileging.
— ✨ YaLl AlReAdY kNoW wHo I aM ? (@TanoStarr) March 21, 2023
not Barbie Bassett getting fired for saying NIZZLE Lmfaooooooo on air ?????
— LARRYS PR TEAM ✈? (@eljay25thleo) March 21, 2023
The last time Barbie got hit with racist accusations she had to apologize.
WLBT reported back in October that in an effort to be transparent, they had meaningful internal conversations and discussions about the situation.
Barbie Bassett of WLBT apologizes for cringey comments she made during the ESPN College GameDay broadcast (0:51) pic.twitter.com/uO7WcC3Qyc
— IG: Theeilove / Tiktok: Theeilove_1877 (@Theeilove_1877) November 1, 2022
Below is her statement on the incident:
“Last Friday on our newscast ‘Today at 11’, I used a term that was offensive to many in our audience and to my coworkers here at WLBT. Though not intentional, I now understand how my comment was both insensitive and hurtful. I have apologized to Carmen Poe.
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.”
Cancelling Barbie Bassett was not on my 2022 bingo card, but here we are ? https://t.co/g0eBg9Mq0e
— Aprill? (@HeyAprill) November 3, 2022