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CBC suspends remaining episodes of The Weekly after 'incident' with host Wendy Mesley

CBC is suspending the remaining season of the news program The Weekly following host Wendy Mesley's suspension for an "incident" during an editorial discussion about race.

Mesley suspended from hosting, pending investigation, earlier this week

CBC’s Wendy Mesley will be off the air pending an investigation, after, in her words, she “used a word that should never be used” during an editorial discussion. 2:06

CBC is suspending the remaining season of the news program The Weekly following host Wendy Mesley's suspension for an "incident" during an editorial discussion about race.

"In light of the current situation involving Wendy Mesley, we have suspended The Weekly for the remaining two episodes of this season," CBC spokesperson Chuck Thompson said in a statement on Friday.

Thompson had said earlier this week that "senior management within CBC News were made aware of an incident involving Wendy Mesley" last Thursday.

Mesley was suspended from hosting Tuesday, pending an investigation. Last Sunday's episode of The Weekly aired without her.

Mesley posted a statement on Twitter Tuesday saying she "used a word that should never be used." 

"I was quoting a journalist we were intending to interview on a panel discussion about coverage of racial inequality," she said.

"I was careless with my language and wrong to say it. Regardless of my intention, I hurt people, and for that, I am very sorry. I am also deeply ashamed."

Neither Mesley nor Thompson clarified what word she used.

Mesley's suspension was first reported by Canadaland.

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