Early Friday morning on CNBC Squawk Box, host Joe Kernen had some really interesting things to say about rupees. Actually he didn’t, but that didn’t stop him from adopting an Indian accent while talking about the currency. When it was clear his co-hosts Becky Quick and Andrew Ross Sorkin were uncomfortable, he tried with all his might to hold back the hilarity on the tip of his tongue: “No, I can’t do it. I was going to say something.”
Becky Quick, sitting next to him, quickly begs: “Please don’t.”
And then the rest unfolded:
Kernen: “I really can't?"
Quick: "No, you can't."
Kernen: "Are they good at 7-Eleven?"
Then Kernen defends himself because “people say that all the time!” He follows this up with an incredibly sincere apology: “Alright, I'm sorry, I take it back. I apologize, before I have to." After, some nonsense about Miss America is mumbled thus making the situation even more uncomfortable.
But it appears Kernen’s had to further apologize. When asked to comment on the situation, he responded:“I made an inappropriate and insensitive remark on Squawk Box. I apologize for any offense it caused.”
CNBC has not responded to requests for comment.
[Video via CNBC]