The View co-host Sunny Hostin is hurt and disappointed by the racist remarks made about her by an ABC News executive.
Huffington Post recently published a report that claimed ABC exec Barbara Fedida had made racist comments about Hostin and other hosts, including Good Morning America‘s Robin Roberts. Since the report, ABC has placed Fedida on administrative leave while the network conducts an independent investigation.
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Hostin and her co-hosts addressed the report on Monday’s episode of The View. “We want to address a Huffington Post article from this weekend about ABC News Senior Vice President of Talent and Business Affairs, Barbara Fedida,” Whoopi Goldberg began.
“The article cited unnamed sources claiming that Fedida made racist and derogatory comments about several members of staff.”
“It was a tough weekend for me and I was really disappointed and saddened and hurt when I learned about the racist comments that were made allegedly about me, my colleagues and my dear friends,” Hostin responded.
“Because if true, to reference Robin Roberts, who is one of the most respected and beloved journalists in our country, as picking cotton. To reference me, someone who’s been very open about having grown up in public housing, as being low rent,” said Hostin.
“To reference Kendis Gibson, who was my office mate at ABC and now is an MSNBC anchor, to say that he isn’t worth paying as much as ABC would pay for toilet paper. The fact that Mara Schiavocampo, who is a friend and a former colleague at ABC, the fact that she has an NDA in place and can’t talk about her experiences at ABC tells me that systemic racism touches everything and everyone in our society, regardless of social stature,” continued Hostin. “No one is immune.”