Mississippi News Anchor Off The Air After Dropping Snoop Dogg Quote

Barbie Bassett, a longtime broadcaster and meteorologist with Jackson-based station WLBT, dropped the line “Fo’ shizzle my nizzle” during a discussion on the rapper’s wine business on March 8, according to the Mississippi Clarion Ledger.

The phrase originates from fellow rapper E-40′s usage of an “izzle” suffix, Dictionary.com noted, and in part refers to a racial epithet.

WLBT General Manager Ted Fortenberry, in a message to the Clarion Ledger, wrote that the station is “unable to comment on personnel matters.”

WLBT anchor Howard Ballou, prior to the apology, noted that the station had “meaningful internal conversations and discussions” following Bassett’s remark.

HuffPost couldn’t immediately reach WLBT or Bassett for comment.

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