EntertainmentCelebrities Raven-Symoné apologizes for racial comments made on 'The View' Raven-Symone apologized on her Facebook page Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015, for controversial comments she made the previous week on "The View," about choosing not to hire someone based on their name. Photo Credit: Getty Images / Larry Busacca By DANIEL BUBBEO firstname.lastname@example.org @dbubbeo1014 Updated October 12, 2015 11:56 AM Print Share fbShare Tweet gShare Email Raven-Symoné took to Facebook Sunday night to apologize for remarks she made on "The View" about racial name discrimination. "I'd like to begin by saying that I was not attacking a specific race, but repeating a name that was said in a viral video which has received over 2 million likes," she posted on social media to her 4.8 million followers. "My comment was in poor taste. My lack of empathy toward name discrimination was uncalled for. . . . As an equal opportunity employer, I have never discriminated against a name . . . even though I said I would, it's not true. My comment was in poor taste. My lack of empathy toward name discrimination was uncalled for." The controversy began following the "Hot Topics" segment on Thursday's episode of "The View," in which the former child star said she would never consider hiring job applicants with a "ghetto" name. Her comments drew fire from viewers, her followers on social media and even her father, Christopher Pearman. In her Facebook post, Raven Symoné, 29, went on to say: "My comments about discrimination have spun out of control," Symoné wrote Sunday. On the show, The actress said, "I'm not about to hire you if your name is Watermelondrea. It's just not going to happen." She later said that she hadn't intended to attack a specific race and that her statements made reference to a popular clip that has gone viral online. By DANIEL BUBBEO email@example.com @dbubbeo1014 Daniel Bubbeo is an assistant entertainment editor and has been with Newsday since 2000. He edits Long Island arts and technology coverage. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.