Former Rochester radio hosts Kimberly and Beck apologize for racist comments that got them fired

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — Former Rochester radio hosts of “Kimberly and Beck” have released an apology video addressing the racist comments they made on air last week.

Last Tuesday, host Kimberly Ray was talking about the beating of a woman on Monroe Avenue during the violent riots in Rochester and asked if the black men involved were — in her words — acting “N-word-ly.”

Ray didn’t use the actual N-word, but said “N-word-ly,” and “N-word-ish.” Ray and co-host Barry Beck were promptly fired the next day by iHeartRadio.

MORE | Community reacts to Kimberly and Beck firing: ‘Local equivalent to having their knee on my neck’

In a new video released at midnight Thursday, the pair apologized for their racist remarks, and said that they are not racist.

You can see their full video in the player above and the full transcription of their apology below.

The Kimberly and Beck show has had its fair share of controversies. Back in March, when the coronavirus was just beginning to hit Monroe County — during a segment on if the virus was “overhyped” — Beck said COVID-19 was “the KKK of diseases,” and then said “white people matter.”

Beck’s comments came after a caller into the show said that deaths related to the virus were mostly white people, and that “very few black people have died from the virus.”

On the contrary, data has showed New York state’s death toll from COVID-19 has been disproportionately high in black and Hispanic communities, especially in New York City.

The pair was also fired from their previous station back in 2014 for “hateful remarks against the transgender community.”

Full apology video and transcript:

Beck: Hi we’re Kimberly and Beck.

Kimberly: We owe it to our listeners and to our amazing community to speak out. Both Beck and I have spent the last several days engaging in soulful reflection. We said hurtful, offensive things, but we are not racist. We do not have hate in our heart. We have only love for everyone.

Beck: We apologize, not to get our jobs back, but to say we are truly sorry and want to sincerely apologize. We will not attempt to make any excuses or explain what we said, because it was wrong, it was ignorant and inexcusable.

Kimbery: We want our listeners and clients to know we are sorry. We let you down. We’re sorry we let Rochester down. Moving forward we want to grow, learn, and change from this experience. Our apology is sincere and we wish we could turn back time.

Beck: But we can’t. Once again, we have no hate in our heart, and we apologize. Thank you.

Check back with News 8 WROC as we will continue to update this developing story.

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