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DEC
17
7 MOS

CNBC Apologizes for Airing Song With N-Word (Video)

The business channel accidentally teased a story about Starbucks with some offensive rap lyrics.

CNBC Apology Screengrab - H 2013

Choosing the music to accompany a news report can be a tricky task, as CBS This Morning discovered last week when it played Toto's "Africa" over footage of the South African memorial for Nelson Mandela.

CNBC made a similar, yet possibly worse, blunder when it teased a story about Starbucks with a rap song that included the N-word. Indeed, the offending word played before the business channel cut to a commercial break, loud enough for viewers to hear.

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Later, CNBC anchor Kelly Evans apologized for airing the offensive lyrics.

"We accidentally aired a piece of music this hour during a tease with inappropriate lyrics," Evans said on the air. "That obviously should not have been on the air and we deeply apologize for that and for any offense that it may have caused."

The song was B2K's "Fizzo Got Flow."

Watch a video of the incident below.