A local news anchor in Mississippi gets pulled and loses her job after twenty-years with WLBT.
Mississippi news Anchor fired for ‘Fo Shizzle My Nizzle’ phrase after 20-Years at the company
News anchor reportedly fired for saying Fo’ Shizzle My Nizzle Live on air.
WLBT news anchor Barbie Bassett has been fired, earlier this month for saying “Fo Shizzle My Nizzle” live on air when discussing the West Coast Icon wine collection.
According to Vicksburg Daily News, the media publication reached out to a source at WLBT confirmed that Bassett is no longer with the station.
“Fo-shizzle” is another way of saying "for sure" and was very popular back in the 1990s, mostly due to the phrase being prominent in hip-hop culture through the likes of artists like Snoop Dogg.
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Back in October 2022, Bassett also came under fire with a Black reporter on-air, she suggested that the reporter's “grandmammy” might have a pie recipe she could use to report out a story.
Barbie apologized for her comments the following day. “Last Friday on our newscast ‘Today at 11’, I used a term that was offensive to many in our audience and to my coworkers here at WLBT,” Barbie said at the time. “Though not intentional, I now understand how my comment was both insensitive and hurtful. I have apologized to Carmen Poe.”
“Now, I would like to apologize to you,” the reporter continued “That is not the heart of who I am. And for that, I humbly ask for your forgiveness and I apologize to everyone I have offended. I will learn from this and participate in training so I can better understand our history and our people. I can’t mend the hurt my comment caused. I pray you’ll forgive me and that you’ll extend grace through this awful mistake.”
In addition to “Fo shizzle, my nizzle,” As previously stated it stands for “For sure, my n!***”, a phrase popularized by Long Beach Doggfather.
Snoop did not invent it, however; the earliest known usage of -izzle speak was in 1981 by Frankie Smith in his hit single “The Double Dutch Bus” (famously sampled by Missy Elliot in “Pass That Dutch”)