Alisyn Camerota had made the remark while interviewing 12-year-old Ananya Vinay who is the latest Scripps Spelling Bee Champion.
During the interview, Ananya, who is of Indian origin, was asked by a second host, Chris Cuomo, to spell “covfefe” – the meaningless word that became popular after Donald Trump mistakenly tweeted it. The girl spelled it as “cofefe”.
Alisyn Camerota now replied:
“It was really COVFEFE but, again, it’s a nonsense word so we’re not sure that its root is actually in Sanskrit, which is what you’re probably used to using. “
A number of people feel Alisyn’s remark was a jab at Ananya’s origin and as such degrading because it meant she was not used to English.