Raven-Symoné has said that she felt “catfished” into taking part in The View, according to a new interview.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Raven-Symoné discussed joining The View on the ABC News special podcast The View: Behind the Table.
“I got catfished. I feel like I just got catfished,” the Raven’s Home star said, saying she wasn’t told the show would focus so much on politics as it actually did. “I thought i was going on a show, like Candace [Cameron Bure], where it was pop culture and fun and exciting and I got catfished, and I learned a good lesson.” She also said she was “pitched a completely different direction” than how the show actually played out.
“I said, ‘Politics is not…my bag. I’ve never spoken publicly about politics. I don’t even come from a political family, meaning I didn’t grow up speaking about politics,'” she said. “So they had told me, ‘We’re going so much lighter,’ a lot more would be evergreen. We want to talk more about family and sex and life, so I was like, ‘Absolutely, 100 pecent, I’m on board.’ And then it all changed when Trump entered the [presidential] race.”
Also, as the only LGBTQ person on The View panel, Raven-Symoné spoke about the pressure to speak for the community on the panel.
“The only reason I really got through a lot of the stuff that I did pet through was because of Whoopi [Goldberg] and the producers as well,” she said. “There is something amazing about the behind the scenes of The View that kind of puts the salve over all the BS that’s going on camera made it possible to stay as long as we did.”