Accueil Series TV Spinning out ‘The View’ Co-Host Sunny Hostin Calls Out ‘Systemic Racism’ at ABC Amid...

‘The View’ Co-Host Sunny Hostin Calls Out ‘Systemic Racism’ at ABC Amid Investigation Into Exec’s Comments About Her (Video)

“The View” co-host Sunny Hostin on Monday spoke out about “systemic racism” at ABC News days after network executive Barbara Fedida was placed on leave following a report of insensitive, racist and abusive language used about staffers including Hostin herself.

“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 said at the top of the daytime show, which airs on ABC.

Hostin then addressed many of the inflammatory comments Fedida detailed in Yashar Ali’s Huffington Post report on Saturday. “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 publicly housing — as being ‘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 an 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,” Hostin said.

“Regardless of social stature, no one is immune,” she said. “It’s the type or racism that black people deal with every single day and it has to stop.”

Hostin added she’s looking forward to the results of the network’s investigation into Fedida, who serves as senior vice president of talent and business. Hostin also noted that she’s received support from not only Goldberg, but “View” co-host Meghan McCain as well as other staffers on the show since the accusations surfaced over the weekend.

The internal ABC investigation was prompted in part by Ali’s investigative story, which recorded 34 current and former staffers’ complaints against Fedida.

The report cited a statement from Fedida provided by her attorney, which reads: “Throughout my career, I have been a champion for increased diversity in network news. Building a news division where everyone can thrive has been my life’s mission. I am proud of my decades of work of hiring, supporting and promoting talented journalists of color. And, unlike these heartbreaking and incredibly misleading claims about me, that track record is well-documented and undeniable.”

All the Broadway Shows Killed (and Postponed) Due to Coronavirus Shutdown

When New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo closed Broadway theaters on March 12 in response to the coronavirus pandemic, the New York theater scene was heating up ahead of the Tony Awards — with 31 shows playing and another eight scheduled to begin performances by mid-April. Now the theaters will remain dark until at least September — and the Tony Awards have been postponed indefinitely. But the uncertainty of when theaters (and Broadway-bound tourists) might return has forced some producers to close shows early — or push new productions to sometime in the future.

Closed: « Hangmen » 

Martin McDonagh’s new comedy, starring Dan Stevens (« Downton Abbey ») and Mark Addy (« Game of Thrones »), announced March 20 it would not reopen after playing 13 preview performances ahead of an expected March 19 official opening.

Closed: « Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? » 

The revival of Edward Albee’s classic drama, starring Laurie Metcalf and Rupert Everett, had played just nine preview performances before Broadway went dark. With the scheduled April 9 official opening off the table, producers decided to close the show on March 21.

Postponed: « Flying Over Sunset »

The new musical by composer Tom Kitt (« Next to Normal, » pictured), lyricist Michael Korie (« Grey Gardens ») and book writer James Lapine (« Into the Woods ») was scheduled to begin performances on March 12 ahead of an official April 16 opening. On March 24 the Lincoln Center Theater announced the show’s opening would be pushed to the fall.

Postponed: « Birthday Candles » 

Noah Haidle’s play, starring Debra Messing and Andre Braugher, was due to begin performances in early April. But on March 25, Roundabout Theatre Company announced it would open this fall instead.

Postponed: « Caroline, or Change » 

Roundabout also delayed the opening of its revival of the Jeanine Tesori-Tony Kushner musical « Caroline, or Change, » starring Sharon D. Clarke in an Olivier Award-winning performance. The show had been set for an April 7 opening at Studio 54.

Postponed: « How I Learned to Drive » 

Manhattan Theatre Club announced on April 7 it was postponing a Mary-Louise Parker-led revival of « How I Learned to Drive » to the 2020-21 season. The Pulitzer-winning drama, with David Morse as co-star, was due to open April 22, just before the cutoff for this year’s Tony Awards.

Closed: « Beetlejuice » 

The Tony-nominated musical was being evicted from the Winter Garden Theatre on June 6 (even though ticket sales had dramatically improved over the fall and winter). Now producers are hoping to find a new theater when Broadway opens up, though there’s no guarantee that will happen. The adaptation of Tim Burton’s 1988 movie played played 27 previews and 366 regular performances.

Postponed: « Plaza Suite » 

A new revival of Neil Simon’s comedy starring Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick will now play March 19, 2021 through July 18, 2021. The show had been expected to begin previews at the Hudson Theater on March 13, the day after theaters were shut down.

Postponed: « MJ » 

The new Michael Jackson musical, starring Tony nominee Ephraim Sykes as the late King of Pop, had been planning to begin performances in July for an August opening. But now it’s pushed back its debut to next spring, with a new opening night set for April 15, 2021.

Closed: « Frozen » 

Disney’s stage version of the animated hit « Frozen » became the first long-running show to close due to the pandemic. The Tony-nominated show opened in March 2018 and played 825 performances and 26 previews.

Postponed: The Tony Awards  

Since there’s no word yet on when Broadway performances might resume, the Broadway League on March 25 indefinitely postponed this year’s Tony Awards, which had been scheduled for June 7 at Radio City Music Hall.

Previous Slide
Next Slide

Disney’s “Frozen” is the latest affected

When New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo closed Broadway theaters on March 12 in response to the coronavirus pandemic, the New York theater scene was heating up ahead of the Tony Awards — with 31 shows playing and another eight scheduled to begin performances by mid-April. Now the theaters will remain dark until at least September — and the Tony Awards have been postponed indefinitely. But the uncertainty of when theaters (and Broadway-bound tourists) might return has forced some producers to close shows early — or push new productions to sometime in the future.

  • A View of the Constitution of the British Colonies in North-America and the West Indies at the Time the Civil War Broke Out on the Continent of Amer - broché
    Stokes, Anthony (Auteur) -