Sunny Hostin Says She Was Treated Differently At ABC Because Of Her Race
Sunny Hostin is opening up about her earlier days on “The View” and said she believes ABC treated her differently because of her race. She spoke to Ronan Farrow about her memoir I Am These Truths and said that the network wanted to censor parts of her book. She pointed out that she received different treatment on “The View”, and was the only co-host who wasn’t introduced as an actual panelist when she joined the show in 2016.
“I was sort of guest hosting, guest hosting, and then just… was there.”
Sunny Hostin, who is also the Senior Legal Correspondent and Analyst for ABC News, continued:
“I was given a dressing room on a different floor; and I noticed that other co-hosts that came on after I came on were given dressing rooms on the main floor with everyone else.”
When asked if she thought it was because of her race, she said:
“I think I was treated differently than a white woman would have been treated. It’s those little indignities that make you feel and question whether or not you are being treated differently, whether or not the expectations for you are just different.”
She said that her experience urged her to tell her story in her memoir.
“You wonder am I being crazy? Am I being sensitive? Am I playing the race card? And I decided that it felt wrong to not tell the truth … to paint this rosy picture.”
While she was adamant about sharing her complete story, she said ABC wanted to censor parts of her project.
“They were concerned about how it made the network look. I called the publisher and I said ‘I have something else to say’, and that was probably the hardest part of the book because my employer didn’t know that I was doing that. But I did it, and it felt good to do it because I think the foreword is hopeful but it’s truthful.”
She added that she hired a lawyer out of concern for retaliation.
I Am These Truths was released today (Sept. 22nd).
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