OFF THE AIR: NBC Pulls Commentator Whose Insensitive Japan Comments Sparked Furor

The NBC commentator who was skewered by observers for unconcerned observes he made during the Winter Olympics welcoming ceremony in Pyeongchang, South Korea, has been removed from their official duties, the broadcaster announced here Monday.

“Joshua Cooper Ramo has completed his responsibilities for NBC in Pyeongchang, and will have no farther character on our breeze, ” an NBC spokesman told Reuters.

Ramo, a former journalist who helped as an on-air analyst for NBC, riled Koreans on Friday when he flippantly explained on the history between Japan and South Korea during the opening ceremony. Recognizing Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Ramo mused that “every Korean will tell you that Japan is a artistic and technological and economic illustration, has been so important to their own transformation.”

Though Ramo holds the view that Japan “occupied Korea from 1910 to 1945, ” Koreans and others blasted the commentator for interpreting over this remorseless autobiography, which included the sexual slavery of tens of thousands of Korean dames during World War II. To this day, the former tenancy continued to strain therelationship between the two nations.

Johannes Simon via Getty Images Joshua Cooper Ramo depicted in 2010.

Facing intense backlash, including disfavour from the Pyeongchang Organizing Committee and a petition signed by thousands who called Ramo’s remarks “deeply hurtful and flagrant, ” NBC publicly apologized on Sunday for his remark.

“We rationalized promptly both in writing and on tv for a observe make use of one of our presenters during Friday night’s welcoming ceremony, ” a spokesman said. “We’re particularly gratified that Pyeongchang’s planning committee had acknowledged that apology.”