News Anchor Suspended Over Alleged Homophobic Remarks About TV Host Cincinnati Enquirer, THR
A television news anchor was suspended by her station for remarks that are being called homophobic, reports the Cincinnati Enquirer. Raycom-owned WXIX-TV, a Fox affiliate, suspended anchor Tricia Macke for two days.
Macke, who co-anchors the evening newscasts, allegedly made remarks on Facebook calling MSNBC host Rachel Maddow an "angry young man." Maddow is openly gay.
WXIX-TV general manager Bill Lanesey said the station wouldn't comment on personnel matters. Macke returned to work this week after two days off the air.
The incident caused controversy in the Ohio city, with GLAAD demanding an apology, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Macke issued an apology online, saying her comments were "insensitive and inappropriate."
"I apologize to Ms. Maddow and any others who may have been offended by my comments, as they do not reflect my firm beliefs in individual and equal rights, and they certainly do not represent the opinions or position of my employer WXIX-TV," Macke said in the statement.