Sunny Hostin Responds to ABC Exec’s Racist Comments About Her
The View co-host Sunny Hostin addressed a report that a top ABC News executive used racist comments about her and other on-air figures like Robin Roberts.
On a recent episode, Sunny got emotional speaking about the published report in HuffPost.
It “tells me that systemic racism touches everything and everyone in our society. Regardless of social stature, no one is immune,” she said. “It is the type of racism that black people deal with every single day, and it has to stop.”
The comments were made by Barbara Fedida, senior vice president of talent, editorial strategy and business affairs for the network. She has since been put on administrative leave as an investigation is conducted.
ABC News president James Goldston told staffers this week that an outside law firm is being retained to conduct the probe.
HuffPost published the report over the weekend that detailed allegations, including one instance in which Barbara referred to Sunny as “low rent.”
Citing unnamed sources, the report also spoke of an instance in 2018 when Barbara was sitting with colleagues discussing contract negotiations with Good Morning America co-anchor Robin Roberts, and “then asked what more Roberts could want and said it wasn’t as if the network was asking Roberts to ‘pick cotton.’”
“It was a tough weekend for me, and I was really disappointed and sad and hurt when I heard about the racist comments that were made, allegedly, about me, my colleagues and my dear friends, because if true, to reference Robin Roberts, who is one of the most respected and beloved journalists in our country, as ‘picking cotton,’” Sunny said.
She continued, “To reference me, someone who has been very open about having grown up in public housing, as ‘low rent,’ 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 former colleague at ABC, that she has a [non-disclosure agreement] 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. No one is immune.”
Whoopi Goldberg chimed in, saying, “I know Barbara Fedida, and I don’t think she’s a racist, everything I know about her doesn’t say that she has this in her, but I will say that one of the things that everyone should always say and I say it all the time is let’s find out, because if it’s true, she’s gone…All you racists out there, we know you, we know you, and if you turn out to be in the walls of the building, we’re tearing the building down.”
Wow. Thankfully, Sunny is a strong and intelligent woman, but our hearts go out to other people who might not have as big a platform as she does in the face of such bigotry.
We will never stand for racism.