ABC Responds to Raven-Symoné Petition

ABC Responds to Raven-Symoné Petition

She is "opinionated," network says about The View host.

Published November 1, 2015

Raven-Symoné's job seems secure, for now.

After a Change.org petition called for the removal of the former child star as co-host of The View — her outlandish comments on everything from “ghetto” names, the Spring Valley High School assault and not wanting to be labeled as African American have angered many — ABC says they're sticking by Symoné despite the backlash.

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Che Scott-Heron, the U.K. citizen who started the petition that has since garnered nearly 125,000 co-signs, explains her problem with Raven: “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," she wrote. "We need strong Black role models in prominent positions on television and Raven-Symone cannot provide that.”

On Saturday an ABC spokesperson responded, actually issuing a statement to The Hollywood Reporter: “We love Raven. She is confident, genuine and opinionated, all qualities that make her a great addition to the panel."

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Written by Evelyn Diaz

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