The Miami doctor who became a viral-video villain for accosting an Uber driver went on national television Wednesday to declare herself “ashamed” by her behavior and devastated by its consequences.
“I see a person that is not me,” Dr. Anjali Ramkissoon, 30, told Good Morning America host George Stephanopoulos in an in-studio interview aired during the program’s first hour. “I’m ashamed.”
The live sit-down was Ramkissoon’s first public move aimed at rescuing a reputation after a Jan. 19 video of her berating and hitting an Uber driver in downtown Miami became an Internet sensation. The driver was there to pick up someone else, but Ramkissoon, a fourth-year neurology resident at Jackson Health System, demanded the car for herself.
Ramkissoon’s filmed tantrum ends with her jumping into the dented sedan and flinging papers outside the passenger window while ordering the driver “get the f— into the car you disgusting piece of s—.”
The five minutes and three seconds of cellphone video drew hundreds of thousands of views and attracted global media coverage. On Thursday, Jackson announced that it was placing her on administrative leave. Ramkissoon declined extended interviews after the incident, making her media debut on GMA in New York.