“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.