Updated: Oct 5, 2020
Sunny Hostin detailed claims of racism from ABC in her new book and shared how the network attempted to have the narrative removed.
In the forward for her new memoir, ‘I Am These Truths’, the lawyer opened up on the experiences at the network including a racist incident that resulted in the firing of an executive. In June, Huffpost published a report claiming Barbara Fedida, an ABC News executive in charge of talent, made multiple insensitive remarks toward Black network talent such as Robin Roberts, and was the subject of over a dozen human resource complaints.
The Los Angeles Times reported Fedida allegedly used the term “low rent” to describe Hostin. After an investigation, the executive lost her job, however, the damage was already done. The View co-host used her platform on the show to describe the feeling of being targeted by racist comments.
“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. “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 public housing, as being ‘low rent’… tells me that systemic racism touches everything and everyone in our society regardless of social stature.”
Hostin expanded on these feelings in her book’s forward. Entertainment Tonight reports at the time of the expose, her memoir had already gone to the publisher. She called her agent and decided to add her reality deliberately to the book’s forward.
“I’ve got a book coming out. And the book had already gone to the publisher. And I called my agent and I said, ‘I’ve got to write about this and I want it to be at the very beginning of the book. Because this is my truth as I sit here today… Because this is the truth that I’m living right now. And if that’s gonna help any woman, help anybody that’s going through this during this time in our country, I gotta do it.’ And he said, ‘You better do it.’ And I literally wrote that foreword in about 15 to 20 minutes,” she said to the outlet.