If Kelly Osbourne thought that quitting Fashion Police (following Giuliana Rancic’s headline-making Oscar night comments) would keep her far away from headline-worthy controversy, she was sorely mistaken. On a recent episode of The View, Osbourne made an off-color comment about the Latino population on a recent episode, and the following backlash has caused ABC to pull the episode from streaming sites. I guess every other opinion in that episode didn’t matter.
Rather than figuring out a way to edit that part of the episode out, ABC just decided to yank the entire episode from its own website, as well as Hulu, where the network retains the rights to do whatever it wants to its programming. According to TheWrap, no one from either the streaming service or the network was quick to comment on precedents in pulling content over questionable material and comments made therein.
In case you missed it and all of the coverage that followed, here’s what happened. In the Hot Topics segment of the August 4 episode of The View, Osbourne was taking Presidential candidate Donald Trump to task for saying that he would win the Latino vote, despite getting ostracized by NBC and many others for his announcement speech, where he said that Mexican immigrants were mostly rapists and criminals. To that point, Osbourne posed this question to Trump: “If you kick every Latino out of this country, who is going to be cleaning your toilet?” Cue the groans from Raven-Symone and Rosie Perez.
Anyone who has paid any attention to Kelly Osbourne over the years knows that she’ll often say things without thinking about any possible backlash. While many have since railed on her for the comment, co-host Whoopi Goldberg took a step back and recognized Osbourne’s basic point was that Trump’s views on immigration would push the Latino population away from him. Still, there were about a million ways to make that point that wouldn’t have resulted in ABC yanking the episode from the Internet. That said, you can still find the clips all over YouTube, so the entire thing is rather moot from a cover-up angle.
Here’s how Osbourne responded to the negative reactions earlier this week.
We’re waiting to see if she reacts to ABC pulling the episode in some form. Either way, tune in for more potentially inflammatory words every weekday on The View on ABC.