Herbert "Tex" Antoine was immediately pulled from his regular weatherman gig on NYC's WABC/Channel 7's "Eyewitness News" -- 41 years this week, 11/14/1976.
On that day leading off the 6PM "Eyewitness News," was a story about the brutal rape of a young girl (IIRC, 8 years old). In the tableau, a neighbourhood resident said something to the effect that crimes like these would be "inevitable" as long as lax prison sentences and parole dynamics remained in place
: Well, one day in Novemeber 1976 on the 6PM "Eyewitness News," the lead story was about a young girl (IIRC, 8 years old) being brutally raped. In the tableau, a neighbourhood resident said something to the effect that crimes like these would be "inevitable" as long as lax prison sentences and parole dynamics remained in place.
Later in the newscat, Tex Antoine did his regular forecast, with his "Uncle Wethbee," a Cololorforms-type 2-D cartoon character whom Antoine would "dress" according to the weather with Colorforms-type accoutrements (2-D hats, scarves, sunglasses, etc,). As per his custom, Antoine parted company with a witticism usually reflecting something in the foregoing newscast.
This time, Antoine affected a mock Asian accent and concluded with "Confusius say: as long as it's inevitable, might as well sit back and enjoy."
The switchboards went wild, Tex Antoine was immediately suspended never to resurface on Channel 7. He was later fired but it took more time than what it did for Messrs. Rose and Greek/Snyder. In the press, Antoine tried to excuse himself by saying that he had only caught the "inevitable" part, that he hadn't realized that the victim was a young girl, and he would never had made such a comment if he was aware of such.
Likewise in the press, feminists countered his innocence ploy by commenting that he should have never made any type of joke about rape. Interestingly, none of the accounts I read made mention of his racist "Confucius say" bon mot.
About a year-and-a-half later, Tex resurfaced doing the weather along with Uncle Wethbee on WNEW-TV / Channel 5 during their nightly "Ten O'clock News" (the one with the opening admonition "It's 10 PM. Do you know where your children are?"). However, he lasted roughly 8 months, a casualty of a then-sweeping trend: bringing a young attractive woman to deliver the weather.
Herbert Jon "Tex" Antoine died in 1983, age 59, IIRC from complications of diabetes.