The saga of the meteorologist fired over the use of a racial slur on air took a big twist Wednesday.

High-profile weatherman Al Roker came to the defense of former WHEC (NBC) meteorologist Jeremy Kappell after he was fired for saying “Martin Luther Coon Park” when referring to a park named after Martin Luther King Jr. in Rochester, New York.

“I think @JeremyKappell made an unfortunate flub and should be given the chance to apologize on @news10nbc Anyone who has done live tv and screwed up (google any number of ones I’ve done) understands,” Roker tweeted Wednesday.
Viewers of Kappell’s Friday night broadcast from were split on whether they think he intentionally or accidentally used the slur. 
Kappell has repeatedly said it was an accident — the result of speaking too quickly and jumbling sounds in a name.
On Wednesday, Kappell publicly thanked Roker for coming to his defense.
Al, thank you very much,” Kappell tweeted. “Your support means so much to this family.”y tuned.

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