Barbara Walters, creator of The View, is reportedly considering coming out of retirement and returning to the show after yet another controversy created by a member of its cast.
The topic of discussion that raised the controversy was employers making hiring decisions based on potential employees’ last names. Co-host Raven-Symoné said, “I am very discriminatory…I’m not about to hire you if your name is Watermelondrea. It’s just not gonna happen.”
Her comment set off an immediate firestorm on social media with many pointing out her name is not exactly the most orthodox.
— Fishwrapper (@fishwrapped) October 10, 2015
— Cynthia M Smith (@CyntSmith) October 10, 2015
Raven-Symoné Rips Black Names, But Forgot About Her Own – EBONY http://t.co/cDNPk8BoOJ // Just read it again. WOW! So great.
— W. Kamau Bell (@wkamaubell) October 11, 2015
As reported by Western Journalism, The View co-hosts Joy Behar and Michelle Collins set off their own social media backlash last month, when they made fun of Miss America contestant Kelley Johnson over a monologue she gave describing her experience as a nurse. The #NursesUnite hashtag went viral, prompting on-air apologies by the two hosts. However, their apologies were not enough to stop Johnson and Johnson and Eggland’s Best from pulling their ads from the embattled program. News legend Barbara Walters is reportedly very concerned about the future of the show that she launched nearly two decades ago. “She created it, and to see the show turn into this hodge podge of topics which constantly gets press upsets her,” a source told the New York Daily News. “She doesn’t want to see it canceled, and thinks she’s the only one who can save it.” Some friends have reportedly been trying to dissuade Walters from wading back into the fray. “It’s not like she can return there every day to produce a live show,” another source told the Daily News. “She watches, and has given notes, and continues to give notes but she should be remembered for creating it, not its demise.” The 86 year-old news personality officially retired in May of 2014, but maintains an office at ABC and occasionally contributes to specials. When questioned about the possibility of Walters returning to The View, a rep for ABC responded, “We are always excited to hear from Barbara at The View. Not only is she the creator but one of the most brilliant TV producers working in the business.”
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