NBC removes Ramo from Olympics coverage after remarks about Japan and Korea

NBC removes Ramo from Olympics coverage after remarks about Japan and Korea

Just two days after NBC analyst Joshua Cooper Ramo's incredibly questionable comments about the relationship between Japan and Korea during the parade of nations, it appears that his time as a Winter Olympics commentator is over.

However, the immediate backlash proved Ramo wrong - most Koreans did not believe that Japan was an "example" of any kind - and a petition quickly circulated, demanding that he apologize.

Since making the ignorant and controversial comment, thousands took to various social media platforms to express their discomfort and anger.

"Every Korean will tell you that Japan is a cultural and technical and economic example that has been so important to their own transformation", Ramo said, per USA Today.

What do you think of the situation? Ramo's comments were initially criticized for his bland comments, but he sparked some outrage when he pointed out Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan.

And an apology would soon be forthcoming, as NBC issued a statement early Saturday.

The Japanese team during the Winter Olympics opening ceremony.

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"Any reasonable person familiar with the history of Japanese imperialism, and the atrocities it committed before and during WWII, would find such statement deeply hurtful and outrageous", the petition read.

USA broadcaster NBC has apologised after offending Koreans by seemingly downplaying Japan's colonial occupation of the peninsula.

NBC has issued an apology after its Olympic "Asian analyst" Joshua Cooper Ramo praised Japan's contribution to Korea's history. By Sunday, more than 8,000 people had signed it.

Ramo, who is the co-CEO of consulting firm Kissinger Associates, has worked one other Olympics with NBC.

NBC, a unit of Comcast Corp, is the exclusive US broadcaster of the Olympics and is producing more than 2,400 hours of coverage over 18 days from Pyeongchang.

NBC also confirmed that Ramo's assignment to assist with Olympic coverage - which was meant to be temporary - has now been terminated.

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