In the viral clip, Tahhan can be seen pulling his eyes to the side, a gesture considered offensive by many East Asians.
Co-host Janice Bencosme, who was on Tahhan’s right, then appeared to imitate the gesture.
The hosts quickly caused outrage on social media, with many seeking for repercussions over their outdated and insensitive humor.
Shortly, Telemundo released a statement saying that both hosts have been suspended indefinitely.
“We are extremely disappointed with our morning show contributors James Tahhan’s and Janice Bencosme’s gestures referring to the South Korean national soccer team. “Our company takes this type of inappropriate behavior very seriously as it is contrary to our values and standards.
“As a result, both James Tahhan and Janice Bencosme have been placed on an indefinite suspension.”
Tahhan, for his part, acknowledged his mistake and apologized:
“During the celebration for Mexico’s qualification, I made a mistake and made an inappropriate and insensitive gesture towards the Asian community.
“It was a lack of sensitivity on my part. I admit that I did something wrong and wanted to apologize to anyone who was offended by it.
“The World Cup is a great opportunity to bring together friends, strangers, families and entire countries, and not to divide our communities.”
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