ABC responds to petition to fire Raven Symoné from 'The View'

Raven Symoné is no stranger to controversy and has yet again received an incredible amount of backlash after she seemed to make excuses for the South Carolina cop who manhandled a student.

“There’s no right or reason for him to be doing this type of harm, that’s ridiculous, but at the same time, you gotta follow the rules in school,” Symoné said during the broadcast. “You are in school, get off your phone.”

Due to this and a series of other faux pas, The View co-host is now the focus of a Change.org online petition calling on show creator Barbara Walters to fire her from the daytime talk show.

“African Americans and black people around the diaspora need a voice representative of their views and not a voice representative of what white people want us to say,” the petition states. “We need strong black role models in prominent positions on television and Raven Symoné cannot provide that.”

Saturday, Hollywood Reporter reportedly received a statement from the network that showed nothing but support.

“We love Raven,” the statement said. “She is confident, genuine and opinionated, all qualities that make her a great addition to the panel.”

Symoné has yet to address the petition or any of her ongoing backlash on air.

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