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WHEC meteorologist Jeremy Kappell was fired after it appeared he used a racial slur during his forecast. USA TODAY

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Al Roker and Martin Luther King Jr.'s daughter are speaking out about a former television meteorologist who was fired for making a racial slur during a live broadcast. 

WHEC-TV meteorologist Jeremy Kappell was let go Monday, three days after referring to Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park in Rochester, New York, as "Martin Luther Coon King Jr. Park" during a weather segment.

The high-profile "Today" weather anchor believes Kappell deserves a chance to redeem himself. 

"I think @JeremyKappell made an unfortunate flub and should be given the chance to apologize on @news10nbc," Roker, 64, tweeted Wednesday. "Anyone who has done live tv and screwed up (google any number of ones I’ve done) understands."

Related: A TV meteorologist who used a racial slur on air was swiftly fired

I think @JeremyKappell made an unfortunate flub and should be given the chance to apologize on @news10nbc Anyone who has done live tv and screwed up (google any number of ones I’ve done) understands.

— Al Roker (@alroker) January 9, 2019

Bernice King added her voice Thursday, saying there should be consequences for Kappell's slip-up, but his firing goes too far. She suggested that the former weatherman should instead have been demoted or gone through implicit bias training.

"People need an opportunity to be rehabilitated. … There has to be some repercussions; I don’t think it should go as far in this particular instance as firing an individual," she told TMZ

King continued: "A broad sweep every time someone says a racial slur… all we're doing is moving people around on the board, because they'll leave there and go to another place and potentially do the same exact thing."

Kappell maintains that the slip-up was simply an accident, claiming he "stumbled over words" and jumbled King's name during his on-air delivery. At the time, Kappell said he didn't realize how his flub was interpreted by viewers. 

"I had no idea the way it came across to many people," Kappell said Monday during a Facebook Live video. "That is not a word I said, I promise you that. If you did feel that it hurt you in any way, I sincerely apologize. I would never want to tarnish the reputation of a such a great man as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., one of the greatest civic leaders of all time."

Kappell took to his own Twitter account to express gratitude toward Roker and King.

"Al, thank you very much," Kappell tweeted Wednesday. "Your support means so much to this family."

"Wow. This is so humbling. I have been addressed by the GREAT Dr. King's own daughter. I can hardly type right now. Listen to what SHE has to say," he said in another tweet Thursday. 

Related: Meteorologist apologizes in Facebook video, promises he did not use racial slur on TV

Al, thank you very much. Your support means so much to this family.

— Jeremy Kappell (@JeremyKappell) January 9, 2019

Wow. This is so humbling. I have been addressed by the GREAT Dr. King's own daughter. I can hardly type right now. Listen to what SHE has to say... https://t.co/S7rakYaLjg#ROC@BobLonsberry@WLightfoot4U#GodBless

— Jeremy Kappell (@JeremyKappell) January 10, 2019

Roker and King ares not the only ones who think Kappell should get a chance to explain himself. More than 45,000 people have signed a Change.org petition to bring Kappell back on air. 

"He was not given a chance to explain or apologize," the petition reads. "This is a good man who had no malice, no intent, no wrong doing. This was an honest slip of the tongue that could happen to anyone. We are all human, we are not perfect."

Related: Al Roker defends dressing as white character amid Megyn Kelly flap: 'Don’t color your skin'

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