ABC's 'The View' news: Network responds to online petition to remove Raven Symone from the show

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A recent episode of ABC’s daytime talk show, “The View,” has drawn some flak from the fans when one of its hosts’ opinions did not sit well with both viewers and non-viewers.

Former Disney star Raven Symone continues to receive backlash from social media when she mentioned on-air that she will not hire a person that has a ghetto name, “I’m not about to hire you if your name is Watermelondrea. It’s just not going to happen.”

Afterwards, during last Wednesday’s episode, she expressed her opinions about the South Carolina Policeman Ben Fields who violently dragged a student of Spring Valley High School from her desk when she refused to put her phone away. Symone’s qualified support has reportedly angered more people leading to an online petition at Change.org calling for her to be removed from the show.

The petition is addressed to creator and executive producer Barbara Walters with a part of the description stating that the relatively newcomer host “has been spouting her ignorant and self-hating spiel” on “The View” 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 rolemodels in prominent positions on television and Raven Symone cannot provide that,” it continues.

Although at the time of writing, there have been more than 128,000 supporters to get the production’s team to consider the fans’ request, a spokesperson from the network stated that they will continue to stand behind Symone, “We love Raven. She is confident, genuine and opinionated, all qualities that make her a great addition to the panel,” they shared.

Symone has joined “The View” this year for its 19th season alongside co-hosts Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Paula Faris, Michelle Collins and Candace Cameron Bure.