ABC Stands by Raven-Symone as Petition Calls for Her Removal From ‘The View’

by Elizabeth VanMetre 8:17 AM PST, November 02, 2015
Playing ABC Stands by Raven-Symone as Petition Calls for Her Removal From ‘The View’

ABC is standing by Raven-Symone as controversy surrounds The View co-host.

The former That's So Raven star is under fire after she defended Ben Fields, a police officer who used extreme measures to remove a disruptive high school student.

Last week, an online petition was launched to get the co-host removed from the long-running daytime talk show. Now, the network is coming to her defense.

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"We love Raven," the network told ET. "She is confident, genuine and opinionated, all qualities that make her a great addition to the panel."

The petition, which has gained over 100,000 signatures since launching five days ago, claims the Raven has been "spouting her ignorant and self- hating spiel on the view for long enough."

"African Americans and black people around the diaspora need a voice representative of their views and not a voice representative of what white people want us to say. We need strong black role models in prominent positions on television and Raven Symone cannot provide that. That is why I ask that we petition to remove her from The View."

Earlier this month Symone found herself in the middle of another controversy after she said she wouldn't hire someone with a "ghetto" sounding name. The actress later apologized admitting her "comments about discrimination have spun out of control."

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The comments garnered enough backlash that even her father called addressed the discriminatory comments. "Raven is a really Beautiful, Sweethearted, Human Being. I should know. Her Mother and I Love her Very much and will always support her and have her back," Pearman continued. "Even if sometimes..........she says some dumb S#%T!"