YouTuber Nicole Arbour Says 'The View' Offered Fake Apologies to Nurses
By Desiree Murphy
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YouTuber Nicole Arbour doesn't think the apologies made by the co-hosts of The View to nurses were sincere.
In an interview on Friday's Opie and Jim Norton show on SiriusXM, the 30-year-old comedian -- who appeared on Wednesday's The View to discuss her own fat-shaming controversy -- claims she overheard the co-hosts talking badly about nurses the same day they issued an apology.
She specifically called out host Michelle Collins.
"Backstage, I heard the girls being like, 'Oh yeah, our nurse jokes didn't go over well so we have to apologize because they're tweeting us too much,'" Arbour said. "And I'm like, 'you all are pussies.' See, I can sit in my jokes and be like, yeah, I made them, I think it's funny. Whatever. But they go on there and make a fake apology. When the cameras weren't rolling, Michelle was like 'Yeah, that's not a real profession. They want to be doctors.'"
But a spokesperson for The View disputed this, telling ET, "From the moment the show started, Michelle was on the set the entire time and never backstage with Nicole."
Watch the video below to hear Arbour's claim.
Arbour was referring to this apology made by Collins on the day she was a guest on the show.
"I personally, I want to say, I learned a lot this week. I think we all did. Thank you so much for coming here," Collins said on Wednesday's The View. "You know, as a result of this situation, I didn't understand the challenges facing nurses, the need to improve how people view and appreciate what you do and I'll be honest I think the comments made Monday kind of played into that and I'm sorry about that."
On Friday, The View attempted to make amends by nearly devoting an entire episode to celebrating nursing, following the co-hosts’ controversial comments about nurses on Monday that led to outrage and the loss of two major advertisers.
"We are listening. #NursesUnite #TheView," a tweet on the show's official Twitter page read, with a pic of the hosts and professionals from New York University's College of Nursing program.
Arbour's controversial viral video, "Dear Fat People," caused an Internet outrage when it was posted to her page Sept. 3, leading to a YouTube suspension and movie firing. When asked by The View hosts if it was meant to offend people, Arbour was quick to chime in.
"Yeah!" Arbour said. "One hundred percent! That video was made to offend people just the way I do with all the other videos. It's just satire. I'm just being silly. I'm having a bit of fun and that's what we did and that topic was actually voted in by fans, some of them who are fat."
To hear more about the effects of Arbour's video, watch the video below.