TV hosts suspended for racist gestures against Koreans

Telemundo Sidelines Morning Hosts Over Racist World Cup “Gestures”

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Unsurprisingly, a huge public outcry followed as footage of the incident spread on social media.

Tahhan, known as Chef James, issued a statement on Twitter in both English and Spanish and offered an apology for a "lack of sensitivity on my part".

Telemundo announced Thursday that James Tahhan and Janice Bencosme have been placed on indefinite suspension after they were shown on-air a day earlier, using their fingers to stretch their eyes while mocking the South Korean soccer team.

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And yet instead of exhibiting gratitude for the South Koreans, the hosts of Telemundo's morning show Un Nuevo Dia (A New Day) did their best to offend the nation that breathed life back into their Russian Federation campaign.

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"While celebrating Mexico's qualification, I made a mistake and did a gesture that was inappropriate and insensitive to the Asian community". I admit that I did something wrong and wanted to apologize to anyone who was offended by it'.

Bencosme also shared her own apology. Tahhan and Bencosme have since apologized for their actions.

'The World Cup is a great opportunity to bring together friends, strangers, families and entire countries, and not to divide our communities'.

It was certainly an inappropriate gesture regardless of the situation, and Telemundo responding by pulling them immediately, and indefinitely, is certainly not too harsh a punishment.

Many viewers took to Twitter to complain about the hosts' behavior, with one writing: "Dear Telemundo TelemundoSports & TLMDPR, whoever this guy is on the left needs to get fired ASAP for being a racist on air".

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