Did ‘The View’ producers demand Rosie Perez apologize to Kelly Osbourne?


Last week, Kelly Osbourne guest-hosted the trainwreck that is The View. During the discussion of Donald Trump’s trainwreck presidential campaign, Kelly piped up with this exact statement: “If you kick every Latino out of this country, then who is going to be cleaning your toilet, Donald Trump?” It was pretty bad and yes, it was racist. Rosie Perez called her out on air, then later Rosie apologized to Kelly on air and in a series of tweets about how she (Rosie) had been too “sensitive.” A lot of people were like “What…?” about that, like why does a Latina woman have to apologize to the white woman who said something terrible and racist?

Anyway, the Daily Mail had an epic exclusive story on what went down on The View during and after Kelly’s racist comment – you can read the DM’s piece here. They say that the whole thing got so complicated and women were screaming and crying, so Rosie just canceled her final appearances on the show. Rosie was always going to leave – producers have already hired replacements – but the DM says that Rosie just had enough of all of it. Basically, soon after Kelly made that comment, they threw to commercial and Kelly burst into tears. She cried: “Everyone is going to think I’m racist. I can’t believe this.” YA THINK?

Producers then “cornered Rosie during the break and demanded she apologize to Kelly in the last segment of the live broadcast.” Which Rosie did, on air. Then as soon as the show was over, Rosie went to her dressing room, which is where producers and executives cornered her again and demanded that she tweet out another apology TO KELLY. Rosie had enough and a source claims, “She and the ABC executives had it out. She was yelling at them at the top of her lungs that their demands were disrespectful. They were telling her that she better do exactly as they said. It was an ugly scene and Rosie was crying uncontrollably and outraged.” Rosie still tweeted another apology to Kelly, then declared that she was “done with this f—king show” and told producers to “kiss her ass” before storming out.

But! E! News’ sources claim that Rosie’s days off “were scheduled the day before Kelly was a guest on The View.” Sources also claim that Rosie’s tweets apologizing to Kelly were “genuine” because “Kelly was having a complete meltdown. She was the one screaming and crying” and she was “such a mess.” Another source confirms that Kelly “was the only one screaming” but yet another source insists: “Kelly did not cry, scream or an ask for an apology. She took responsibility for her words.” Well, to be fair… Kelly’s apology was pretty half-assed.

So, what do you believe? I tend to believe that Rosie took pity on Kelly and was trying to be nice to a woman ensconced in her own white privilege. If producers really did corner Rosie and try to get her to apologize to Kelly, then… Jesus, what a world. How f—ked up is The View when a minority woman is forced to apologize to a white woman when the white woman says something grossly offensive?


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  1. Luca76 says:

    Yeah I totally believe that The View is tone deaf and ignorant enough to make Kelly apologize. The best way to end this show with a sliver of dignity would have been to retire with Barbara.

  2. Jackie Jormp Jomp says:

    Who watches The View? Priveliged white ladies in beige, stuccoed, brand-new housing developments?
    The View probably made Perez apologize.

    • kcarp says:

      I am so sick of the word Privileged. I don’t watch the View and I am probably what you would consider privileged. I am wearing purple though and no stucco in sight.

      • JH says:

        Wow. You poor dear. It must be so hard for you, reading about privileged people such as yourself. Stay strong!

      • kcarp says:


        the fact you have internet access and the free time to comment on gossip columns is privilege.

      • JH says:

        You may be right (depending on how you define privilege). But I’m definitely not ridiculous enough to whine about it.

      • Myriam says:


        You’re defining the word at its most basic and seemingly paralleling it to freedom or rights. I have the ability and rights to sit on my computer and read gossip is not what Kaiser is equating to the word. Privileged is “belonging to a class that enjoys special privileges; favored” as in the privileged FEW. It’s the 1% group, the group that does not have to go to work every day. You may very well be “privileged” and brava to your luck, but I am sick of PRIVILEGED individuals just as much, if not more, as you are of the word.

      • Jackie Jormp Jomp says:

        Uh no. It just means having advantage. There are many ways to be priveleged. Being white is a big one.
        People who whine about not wanting to hear about it anymore typically have it.

      • kcarp says:

        If we can all agree that privileged is the 1% then I have no problem with the word. As far as I can tell the word privilege is being used to describe anyone that is white, has a home, and apparently wears beige.

        I agree with you @Myriam these people who have no idea what it is like. I get really tired of it too. I can’t even click on the Kardashian stories anymore.

        I think my issue with the word is how it is applied to whole groups of people.

    • belle de jour says:

      “Priveliged white ladies in beige, stuccoed, brand-new housing developments?”

      Your comment about where & how these supposed white ladies may live strikes me as indulging in a stereotype every bit as generalizing as her comment about where & how those supposed Latina ladies may work.

  3. Snazzy says:

    I am still struggling to understand how that stupid show is still on the air

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      Me, too. The only person I knew who watched was my 93 year old aunt, who died several years ago. She was a staunch Republican and thought Whoopi “made a lot of sense.” She also thought there was going to be a road from Canada to Mexico in a secret plan by the CIA to ruin America. So…

      • Snazzy says:

        LoL GNAT, your aunt sounds like she was something else!
        Reminds me of my extremely racist uncle who hates all Indians (from India, I mean) because they are, in his words “backwards and dirty…” He is forgetting of course our own family history, as my grandparents (his parents) are from a small village in India as well …

    • paola says:

      I, on the other hand, am struggling to understand how Kelly Osbourne is still on tv.
      She puts her foot in her mouth too many times and she has been in the spotlight for the wrong reason for too long.
      This time she really showed how stupidly posh and ignorant she is. She is so f-ing clueless that she has managed to offend an entire race of people by saying what she did. She has been raised in a cocoon by her filthy rich parents and she has no idea of what happens in the world.

      And i don’t believe she cleans her own toilet.
      That’s BS!!
      She couldn’t even pick up her dogs’ shit from the lounge carpet let alone clean a toilet!

      People like her make me believe in miracles. If she can land a goo job ANYBODY can have a job.

  4. NewWester says:

    Why did Rosie have to apologize? All of the other women on the View have made rather suspect comments at one time or another and not have to apologize on air.
    My feeling is that the producers want Kelly to be a permanent co host on the View and did not want Kelly to reconsider it.

    • Livealot says:

      That’s a pretty good theory. Still, Kelly screams privilege. I give her credit for trying to relate but the bubble she lives in is just too small. She was the outcast of the famous rich kids, I get it, but it’s just not enough. Le sigh.

  5. Starrywonder says:

    So Kelly did say a racist thing? Rosie calling her out didn’t mean everyone else got stupid that day and didn’t hear what she said. Why is the View still on?

  6. Talie says:

    Sharon still wields a lot of power, I think. I did think it was strange Rosie was apologizing so much and then Kelly attacked her in her own “apology.”

    • Colette says:

      Sharon wields power on The Talk, that has nothing to do with The View, its competitor.Rosie told Variety on July 21st, that August 6 would be her last day and she already said her on air goodbyes.
      The show needs to be cancelled.

      • JudyK says:

        Frankly, I thought Rosie Perez was the best thing about the show. I watched a few segments with her on.

        Other than Rosie and without Rosie, it’s unwatchable.

  7. Nicole says:

    Gee, I wonder why people say this show is out of touch and nobody likes it anymore?

  8. jwoolman says:

    It’s a bit insulting to assume they forced Rosie Perez to say what she said. More likely she was being compassionate. If she was leaving the show anyway, she had nothing to lose by ignoring anybody trying to put the wrong words in her mouth. She’s quite articulate and knows how to handle herself in such situations.

    We all know what Kelly was trying to say, and jumping up and down on her for awkwardly wording it makes little sense. Use it as an opportunity to point out all the problems with how it could be taken and why her attempt at humor bombed and probably was unsalvageable unless she were Latina herself, treat everybody with a little respect, and move on to jumping up and down on The Donald (who needs to be flattened).

    • TheOtherMaria says:

      Huh, from the clip I saw, Rosie didn’t jump up and down on her–she simply told her to stop.

      YOU may know what she was trying to say , however in the clip I saw, it still came off racist 😒 Not all us are toilet scrubbers and when she said something about “here in LA…”, yeah no, this women genuinely associates low paying jobs, “menial” work with Latinos.

      What’s disgusting to me is how many people are so quick to come to her defense and try clarify the thoughts of a woman who has yet to clarify her own thoughts! Hell, she even blamed Rosie (low key but blame nonetheless) for interrupting her before she could finish her point, she had the opportunity to explain herself further in that apology but didn’t, she simply defended herself and then had the tenacity to say that maybe her words will open a discussion about immigration/Latinos—the self entitlement and delusions of grandeur are real with this one.

      I can believe Rosie was pressured, it’s amazing how all Kelly had to do was cry/say that’s not what she meant and yet it’s the Latina who has to make excuses for the ignorant white woman.

      • jwoolman says:

        I don’t think Kelly has the skills or insight to deal with that situation, and Rosie (who does have skills and insight) knew it. I think she was trying to de-fuse the situation when she saw how Kelly was reacting. People don’t listen well when they feel defensive, so if you want to change minds and behavior, it’s wise to avoid putting people too much on the defensive. An apology, even when not really warranted, can sometimes help calm the person down enough to hear what is being said without feeling attacked. The whole incident was actually a splendid opportunity to discuss some important things with a real-life example. But on The View, discussion seems to break down pretty easily. I can’t watch it much, it just seems so noisy. I don’t think Kelly learned much from it.

      • Tara says:

        Exactly. Her saying “here in L.A.” implies that based on what she sees in her privileged world Latinos are toilet scrubbers. It’s a stupid, ignorant comment. So enough with what she was trying to say wasn’t racist. It was. She is so out of touch that she would have probably dug her hole deeper had she continued with that.

    • minority here says:

      Exactly, what would have been so bad about having a spoiled, uneducated woman like Kelly apologize? Maybe she would have learned something? Instead the show coddled her and reaffirmed her world view that her skin color is what makes her right.

  9. Div says:

    Daily Fail is the Daily Fail. I believe Rosie was just trying to be kind to Kelly, because Kelly had already made herself look bad enough.

  10. Lauren says:

    I do agree that I think everyone knows what she meant by the comment, but her wording was way off and thoughtless. We are a society for sure that is definitely ready to jump down anyone’s throat at any given time.

    But saying that-doesn’t that seem a little reminiscent of a certain situation where a purple-haired girl did something very similar to someone she was apparently truly very close with. For a joke that went wrong? And wasn’t that certain purple-haired girl very, very quick to jump down their throat and declare racism? And it ruined an entire show? Hmmmm…. Very interesting. Can you say, Karma?

    • Jackie Jormp Jomp says:

      “We are a society for sure that is definitely ready to jump down anyone’s throat at any given time.”

      You mean a society where people are likely to whine that they are being picked on when they “didn’t mean to be racist”?
      Poor muffins.

  11. Lucy2 says:

    Rosie had no reason to apologize. Because she did, I do suspect there was some pressure from someone. Gross.

  12. MrsBPitt says:

    Kelly is a complete moron…but I cannot see Rosie apologizing to Kelly because the producers told her to. She seems like a person that would have told them to kiss her ass the first time they told her to apologize! I CAN picture Kelly, crying and screaming and acting like a complete baby! I understand what Kelly was trying to say, but, it was a total Archie Bunker moment! The View is past its expiration date! It needs to go!

  13. Marianne says:

    I believe the first story. I think Kelly probably did freak out and have a meltdown and I bet the producers did pressure Rosie into apologizing.

  14. The Original G says:

    The producers of the View have a long pattern of mismanaging controversy, so…..

    Really. Just kill this show. They seem to keep trying to tinker with it to re-create some former success. We’ve all moved on whatever formula they had before . Society is different. We don’t need the clumsy tokenism as designed by an old white guy. Let it die, ABC.

  15. kri says:

    That show is the turd that just won’t flush. It’s awful.

  16. Bethy says:

    Please put this show out of everyone’s misery! I’m pretty sure my German Shepherd could do a better talk show.

    • Krista says:

      Can we make ths happen? I’d love to see a show where 5 dogs play for an hour.

      • Mellie says:

        It already does, it’s called the Puppy Bowl on Super Bowl Sunday…I can’t remember the channel though, possibly Animal Planet. It’s adorable.

  17. MCraw says:


    Racist bitches.

  18. Krista says:

    2 thoughts:
    1. Who in the H E Double Hockey Sticks still watches The View? These hosts are disasters.
    2. Like a fine wine, Rosie Perez just gets better with age.

  19. Bridget says:

    I’m amazed that The View manages to consistently get less and less qualified women to be their co-hosts. They truly have a knack for picking out women who can barely put together a coherent thought. Run Rosie, and never look back!

  20. Sharon says:

    In my opinion, I believe the problem with what Kelly said was just a poor choice of words. I do not believe she is a racist. I’ve heard other notable people say basically the same thing but with a better choice of words. I think she was trying to convey the fact that our immigrant population is willing to do the jobs that most over privileged Americans won’t do, i.e., migrant workers, landscapers, working for low wages in fast food jobs, maids, etc.

  21. Mellie says:

    Poor Rosie, I hope she finds somewhere to land because I really like her. Can we just get Kelly off the air, at least in the U.S.? On the Fashion Police she sat there with terrible hair, unflattering clothes and criticized other peoples fashion? Are you kidding me?! And if you’re going to be on a talk show where any subject can be thrown your way, you better take a breath before you go spouting crap, and trying to sound like a smartass (I don’t think she’s a racist either, just stupid), if you can’t control yourself and speak properly without offending the world then you better be prepared to take the media $hitstorm that’s going to come your way instead of crying like a big freaking baby.

  22. JB says:

    I believe that all the crying and tears on Kelly’s part, was just a ploy for people to not think too badly of her.