Sunny Hostin To Executive Produce Fox Drama Series About Her Life Called ‘The Counsel’
The View co-host Sunny Hostin is sharing more of her life and career through a new drama series, set to air on Fox.
“The Counsel” will follow a group of women of color in their 30s who are currently leading in their perspective fields of journalism, law, politics, and public relations. The series takes a turn as the women have to use their friendships to work through a scandal that could potentially end everything they have worked for.
Erica Shelton, who wrote a number of episodes of Being Mary Jane at BET, will write and executive produce the project alongside Sunny Hostin, who will be an executive producer. Erica Shelton currently has an overall deal at Universal Television, which will produce the project in association with Fox Entertainment.
Sunny Hostin has been making lots of headlines this year. ABC executive Barbara Fedida was fired following an internal investigation that began in June into confidential, racist, and inappropriate statements towards black journalists, including Hostin.
As previously reported, Barbara Fedida allegedly called Hostin ‘low rent’ & referenced ‘picking cotton’ in a statement against Robin Roberts. When the news broke she was immediately placed on leave.
It was confirmed that Barbara Fedida did say some of the ‘racially insensitive’ remarks she was accused of. Peter Rice, chairman of ABC News parent Walt Disney Television said in a statement on Monday (July 21st,)
‘The investigation substantiated that Ms. Fedida did make some of the unacceptable racially insensitive comments attributed to her. It also substantiated that Ms. Fedida managed in a rough manner and, on occasion, used crass and inappropriate language.
‘Lastly, the investigation found no basis for the claims that Ms. Fedida was the subject of dozens of HR complaints and that ABC News spent millions of dollars in confidential settlements related to Ms. Fedida, as alleged in some press accounts.’
Hostin addressed the claims on “The View” and said:
“It was a tough weekend for me, and I was really disappointed and sad and hurt when I heard about the racist comments that were made, allegedly, about me, my colleagues and my dear friends, 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 has been very open about having grown up in public housing, as ‘low rent,’ to reference Kendis Gibson, who was my office mate at ABC and now is an MSNBC anchor, to say that he isn’t worth paying as much as ABC would pay for toilet paper, the fact that Mara Schiavocampo, who is a friend and former colleague at ABC, that she has a [non-disclosure agreement] in place and can’t talk about her experiences at ABC, tells me that systemic racism touches everything and everyone in our society, regardless of social stature. No one is immune.”
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