“If you kick every Latino out of this country,” she said, “then who is going to be cleaning your toilet, Donald Trump?”
The studio audience gasped. The shock was palpable. The entire viewing audience at home was slack-jawed. Rosie Perez quickly challenged Osbourne’s comment, prompting Kelly to say “Oh, I didn’t mean it like that, come on. No, I would never mean it like that.”
By the end of the show, the hosts had made nice with Perez apologizing to Osbourne for “being overly sensitive” and Osbourne telling Perez her apology was unnecessary and that she “had every right” to be upset.
Social media was quick to run with the story, though, and by the end of the day the pressure was on Kelly, prompting her to release a statement to The Huffington Post through her representative:
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.