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‘The View’ Co-Host Sunny Hostin Responds To Alleged Racist 'Pick Cotten' Comments ABC News Exec Barbara Fedida Made About Her, Robin Roberts & More

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Barbara Fedida is an ABC News exec who has come under fire for making racist comments about black talent – including Sunny Hostin & Robin Roberts - and she’s also being accused of creating a toxic work environment. She’s now on administrative leave while the network investigates. More inside…

Racists are being called out for their antics left and right.

ABC News head of talent Barbara Fedida is coming under fire for alleged racist remarks she made about black talent and is being accused of creating a toxic work environment. Huffington Post journalist Yashir Ali did a in-depth investigation into a long history of racist allegations made against Barbara Fedida. He said he spoke to a total of 34 sources (current and former ABC News employees) over the course of six months.

"I spoke to some of my sources dozens of times. My sources included talent and staff at ABC News and other people familiar with ABC News's business," he tweeted.

Barbara Fedida - the network's senior vice president for talent and business – has been placed on administrative leave while the network investigates allegations that she made inappropriate and racist comments about on-air talent.

One allegation in the exposé detailed an exchange Barbara had with “Good Morning America” co-anchor Robin Roberts. The ladies had a disagreement over money in Robin’s contract renewal.

"Fedida then asked what more Roberts could want and said it wasn’t as if the network was asking Roberts to 'pick cotton,' " the Huffington Post report detailed. One source was actually in the room when Barbara said the comment and two other sources were told about it later.

And it doesn’t stop there.

Barbara is also accused of referring to “The View” co-host Sunny Hostin as “low rent.”



Sources also made claims that Barbara trashed former ABC News anchor Kendis Gibson about his pay. It’s alleged she said the network "spends more on toilet paper than we ever would on him."

Barbara has also been accused of creating a toxic work environment as well. She allegedly has over a dozen HR complaints about her conduct. The report made claims that her actions have led to millions in confidential settlements, including at least one settlement involving allegations of racial discrimination.

It's alleged Barbara was heard by staffers openly using the c-word and she was also accused of trying to dismantle diversity and inclusion efforts that were a significant part of her job description. Oh?

Robin Roberts hasn’t publicly addressed the accusations, but Sunny Hostin reacted to the accusations on “The View” recently.

“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,” Sunny said during the show.

“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 has been very open about having grown up in public housing as being ‘low rent,'" the former federal prosecutor continued.

"Systemic racism touches everything and everyone in our society, regardless of social stature," she continued. "No one is immune. It's the type of racism that black people deal with every single day, and it has to stop."

Sunny's co-hosts, Joy Behar & Meghan McCain (who often bumps heads with Sunny) - chimed in with support of Sunny. Whoopi Goldberg said she doesn't consider Barbara to be a racist, but she's in full support of an investigation into the allegations.

"The days of systemic racism are ending. Those walls are coming down, and we're pulling them down," Whoopi said. "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. You're coming out."

Peep their reactions below: 

ABC News issued a statement to address the allegations:

“There are deeply disturbing allegations in this story that we need to investigate, and we have placed Barbara Fedida on administrative leave while we conduct a thorough and complete investigation," ABC News said in a statement to USA TODAY from Heather Riley, a spokeswoman. "These allegations do not represent the values and culture of ABC News, where we strive to make everyone feel respected in a thriving, diverse and inclusive workplace.”

You can read the full exposé here.

The racists accusations come to light amid the Black Lives Matter movement that has been sweeping the nation. Along with protests, people have been actively calling out people for racism, resulting in racist people losing their jobs and more.

Racism is no longer being ignored and we hope everyone keeps this same no-tolerance energy forever going forward.

Photos: Kathy Hutchins/Shutterstock.com

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