‘GMA’ host Amy Robach apologizes for using racial slur

Andrew Shue and Amy Robach (R) arrive on the red carpet at the New York premiere of "He Named Me Malala" on September 24, 2015. The GMA host issued an apology for using the term "colored people." File Photo by Monika Graff/UPI

NEW YORK, Aug. 23 (UPI) — Good Morning America co-host Amy Robach issued an apology for using the term “colored people” while referring to Zendaya‘s upcoming role as Mary Jane Watson in “Spider-Man: Homecoming.”

On Monday’s show, Robach was discussing “whitewashing” in Hollywood — casting white people in roles that should be played by people of color — when she used the antiquated put-down.

“We all know Hollywood has received recent and quite a bit of criticism for casting white actors in what one might assume should be a role reserved for colored people,” Robach said.

Robach faced instant backlash on social media and later said she meant to use the term “people of color.”

“This morning during a segment about Hollywood casting, I mistakenly said ‘colored people’ instead of ‘people of color.’ I sincerely apologize. It was a mistake and is not at all a reflection of how I feel or speak in my everyday life,” she said in a statement.

Zendaya has reportedly been cast to play Peter Parker’s love interest, Mary Jane Watson, in the reboot coming July 2017.


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