5:40am PT by THR Staff
'The View:' Barbara Walters Scolded by Sherri Shepherd for Using the 'N Word' (Video)
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."
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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.