Project Runway Junior host Kelly Osbourne stepped in it on Tuesday on The View while attempting to criticize Donald Trump’s position on immigration.
“If you kick every Latino out of this country, who is going to be cleaning your toilet, Donald Trump?”
The reality personality’s comment was not intended to be a gross generalization, but a point putting into context how Trump is criticizing those he rely on.
On Tuesday Osbourne released a statement on Facebook taking responsibility for what she said.
I want to start by saying I ALWAYS take responsibility for my actions. In this particular case I will take responsibility for my poor choice of words but I will not apologize for being a racist as I am NOT. I whole-hearted fucked up today. I don’t want to bullshit anyone with lame excuses. Although, I was stopped mid-sentence by Rosie and couldn’t finish my point I will not let Rosie take responsibility for my words. I should have known better as I was on The View and it was live. I’ve learned a very valuable lesson. It is my hope that this situation will open up a conversation about immigration and the Latin community as a whole. By the way I clean my own fucking toilets.
The View’s Whoopi Goldberg and Raven-Symoné defended Osbourne on Wednesday. Goldberg pointed out live TV isn’t the easiest platform to make a point
"I want to just start by making something clear: The point she was actually trying to make was that Donald Trump's stance on immigration will only end up hurting the people that Donald Trump is counting on," Goldberg, said. "I think that's what she was trying to say. One of the things that happens on live television is you're trying to get your point in and you sometimes step in dog doo. It does not make you a racist."
Raven-Symoné said she’s best friends with Kelly and “I don’t think she’d be a racist if she were friends with me.”
Osbourne’s former Fashion Police co-host Giuliana Rancic–who Osbourne criticized earlier this year for comments about Zendaya’s dreadlocks–said on E! News, “I don’t think I need to comment. I’ve got to take the high road on this."