Glee Star Naya Rivera Faces Backlash After Making ‘Race’ Joke 5 years ago

Glee Star Naya Rivera Faces Backlash After Making ‘Race’ Joke

Glee star Naya Rivera has come under fire after making a ‘race joke’ about the showering habits of different ethnic groups while co-hosting The View yesterday.

The 28-year old joined the panel talk show, which regularly discusses different issues, studies and surveys, when a piece about showering habits was brought to the table.

Speaking up, Naya told audiences that her husband showers three times a day, telling the audience:

“White people shower a lot more than ethnics. I feel like showering more than once a day or every day is such a white people thing.”

The comment shocked audience members straight away, with Rosie O’Donnell highlighting some women looking awkward in the studio.

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Following the comments made on air, Rivera was forced to apologise today admitting she had made the comments in error:

“It was supposed to be a joke. I apologize if anyone was offended. I said that I thought that showering multiple times in a day was such a white person thing.

“So yesterday we were talking about a study that says we are supposed to shower I guess once or twice every three days which I had an opinion on, it which was supposed to be a joke but apparently didn't go over so well.

“However, I'm very excited that it sparked a big conversation about how many times you should shower.”

Host Nicolle Wallace defended the actress, saying:

“I actually thought you were more on a reasoned side of this so I'd like to defend you today. I'm white, so she was talking about me, if anyone missed that, as I shower three times a day.”

Wallace later added that she too had received feedback, but "mostly from the OCD crowd."