Barbie Bassett, a news anchor for WLBT in Mississippi, is facing trouble after quoting a famous Snoop Dogg phrase on live TV. The controversial moment occurred earlier in March when Bassett was discussing Snoop’s latest business venture with her co-anchors, the Clarion Ledger reported.
As the anchors were talking among each other towards the end of the news segment, one of Bassett’s colleagues jokingly suggested for another one of their co-workers, who was off-camera, to partner with Snoop in business.
“Before we know it, she will have a Snoop Dogg tattoo on her shoulder,” he said.
Bassett then followed up with the Snoop Dogg phrase which is considered to be a racial epithet for Black people.
“Fo shizzle, my nizzle,” Bassett said in a follow up to her colleague’s comment.
WLBT hasn’t clarified what happened to Bassett, who hasn’t been seen on TV since that moment. The longtime anchor’s bio has also been removed from the WLBT website.
The reporter on the right is sending me 🤣
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According to the Daily Mail, Bassett also faced trouble in October for using the word “grandmammy,” a term slaves used for their grandmothers, while speaking with a Black reporter on air.
The anchor issued an apology at that time.
“Though not intentional, I now understand how my comment was both insensitive and hurtful. I have apologized to Carmen Poe,” she said at the time. “Now, I would like to apologize to you. That is not the heart of who I am. And for that, I humbly ask for your forgiveness and I apologize to everyone I have offended. I will learn from this and participate in training so I can better understand our history and our people.”