James Tahhan, a famous chef, reportedly apologized for a move that he made while on air.
NBCUniversal’s Telemundo network reportedly suspended two of its morning show hosts about a racist gesture that refers to the South Korea World Cup soccer team.
James Tahhan and Janice Bencosme were placed on indefinite suspension after making the gesture, while they “celebrated” the South Koreans’ 2-0 win against Germany, the Hollywood Reporter reported.
Tahhan, a famous chef, appeared to be the first to the eye gesture on the morning program “Un Nuevo Dia.” He apologized later for his “lack of sensitivity.”
Dear @Telemundo @TelemundoSports & @TLMDPR , who this man is on the left should be fired ASAP for a racist on air. If someone say or make racist gestures about Latinx people, we would ALL be in the poor and this is no different to #SayNoToRacism #TelemundoMundial pic.twitter.com/SvzSednPAd
— Miguel Hernandez (@Techivist) June 27, 2018
“We are very disappointed with our morning show staff members James Tahhan’s and Janice Bencosme gestures that refer to the South Korean national football team,” a Telemundo statement read. “Our company takes this kind of behavior very seriously, as it is contrary to our values and standards.”
Tahhan the gesture was not the first racist incident in the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
In an opening game on June 18, Mexican fans could be heard screaming anti-gay slurs during their team’s 1-0 victory over Germany. The singing ceased after the Mexican players urged their fans to stop.
Fox News’ Bradford Betz contributed to this report.