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ABC’s “The View” made headlines this week when the table discussed the federal indictment of former President Donald Trump on charges related to his handling of classified documents that were at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida.
But the panel and audience were left gasping and stunned after co-host Ana Navarro used a deeply inappropriate sexual reference to compare her “excitement” to reading the Trump indictment.
“I haven’t had this much fun reading anything since I read ‘Fifty Shades of Grey,’” she said, drawing an array of responses and sounds from the crowd. “I mean, this was the best reading you can imagine.”
Navarro then took issue with the Mar-a-Lago bathroom facilities, which is where documents were allegedly stored.
“People, have you seen that toilet?” she said as a picture of the fixture flashed up onscreen. “They don’t even sell those low-to-the-ground toilets anymore.”
For context, “Fifty Shades of Grey” is a book series that details a relationship between a man and woman that involves a great deal of sexually charged bondage, torture, and pain for “pleasure.”
Navarro thought reading those books gave her the same “excitement” as reading Trump’s indictment.
This is the second time in a week that an outrageous comment has sent the show into chaos.
A few days ago, things got weird after co-host Sara Haines made a comment that was apparently so inappropriate that her audio was cut.
The segment began when the ladies at the table were discussing the recent announcement that ABC will be expanding the Bachelor universe to include the “golden years.” In The Golden Bachelor, a senior citizen will have the chance to date women with a “lifetime of experience,” they said while describing the show.
Whoopi Goldberg kicked things off by saying, “I’m calling it the ‘Old People’s Bachelor,’” which triggered many of the hosts to also make a slew of inappropriate comments about a senior citizen having the opportunity to date women with “experience.”
Co-host Alyssa Farah Griffin shared that she thought this was “a good idea,” adding, “A lot of couples on The Bachelor don’t stay together, it’s people in their young 20s, a lot of 23-year-old girls… I think having a 60+ bachelor and bachelorettes will actually be more likely to last in a relationship because you know who you are and what you want.”
Sunny Hostin and Joy Behar kicked things into overdrive by joking about the seniors using “the Fantasy Suite,” which led to Haines making a comment that was apparently so inappropriate that producers cut her audio before it was aired live.
“You guys, these are only 60-year-olds!” she said. “Do you know how young 60 is? I know 60-year-olds, they run marathons. They do –” Haines said before her mic was cut.
The camera cut to Goldberg, who had a shocked expression on her face.
“Oh my god,” Haines said, putting her head down on the table.
SENIOR CITIZEN ‘GOLDEN BACHELOR’ ANNOUNCED: #TheView co-hosts weigh in after ABC announced a spinoff of their hit show #TheBachelor featuring seniors. https://t.co/cVclFZQmjA pic.twitter.com/Dgu8BzOxLp
— The View (@TheView) May 17, 2023
“The View” recently came under fire for an interview with South Carolina Republican Sen. Tim Scott and it did not take long for the gloves to come off.
The show began fairly light-hearted with Scott speaking about his 2024 presidential campaign, but ended up sparring with co-host Sunny Hostin after she pressed him to define “systemic racism.”