'The View:' Barbara Walters Scolded by Sherri Shepherd for Using the 'N Word' (Video)
"I never knew you felt this way and I find it just amazing," Walters says.
Sherri Shepherd criticized Barbara Walters for using the n-word on The View Monday.
The word came up as they were discussing Republican Presidential nominee Rick Perry and a hunting camp he leased, on which the grounds had a rock with the phrase "Ni--erhead" painted on it.
Whoopi Goldberg was the first to use the n-word when discussing competing Presidential nominee Herman Cain using it while on the Sunday interview rounds. Walters then began using the word as well, and admitted: "It's very hard for me to say…It gives me chills."
Goldberg said that they can't "pretend" the word doesn't exist. "Let's call it what it said!" she said of the rock.
Shepherd took issue with Walters using the n-word. She told Goldberg: "When I heard you say it, it was fine," but then told Walters: "I didn't like the way you said it… I don't know if it's a semantics thing, but it's something that goes through my body."
Shepherd then used the n-word several more times in explaining her feelings about it. Each time, ABC bleeped it out.
Asked Walters: "Is it because I'm white?"
Yes, admitted Shepherd: "It's something about hearing you say it...I don't like it when you use the word...when you say it it's a different connotation."
Snapped back Walters, "If i'm reporting on this you mean i can't use the word?" she said.
Replied Shepherd: "You can do anything you want! You're Barbara Walters!"
"I'm sorry, that has nothing to do with it, Sherri," said Walters, who was growing increasingly testy.
Said Shepherd: "When you say the word I don't like it…When white people say it, it brings up feelings in me."
Goldberg said she didn't mind Walters using the word because of its context, but Shepard disagreed: "We all should care about the same things and the fact that I don't say something exactly the way Whoopi does…"
"You can't take away the way it makes me feel Barbara," Shepherd went on.
Walters conceded, "But I never knew you felt this way and I find it just amazing,"
Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Goldberg got into a teary debate over the word in 2008 while discussing Jesse Jackson using the n-word on Fox News.