ABC Unfazed by Petition to Oust Raven-Symoné from 'The View'

by Maya Chung /  / Updated 
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Actress Raven-Symone speaks on stage at the 32nd Annual Walter Kaitz Foundation Fundraising Dinner Hosted By TV One at Marriott Marquis Times Square on Sept. 30, in New York City. Larry Busacca / Getty Images file

Although a petition to remove Raven-Symoné from "The View" has reached almost 130,000 signatures, ABC has made it clear that she's not going anywhere.

“We love Raven,” the network said in a statement. “She is confident, genuine and opinionated, all qualities that make her a great addition to the panel.”

The original petition stated that Symoné's views were not representative of the African-American community and therefore she should not be on the show. Since then, however, the author of the petition, who identifies herself as Che Scott-Heron and daughter of performer Gil Scott-Heron, said in a comment underneath the petition that she knew it was unlikely.

Image: Raven Symoné hosts ABC's "The View" on Oct. 6, 2015.
Raven Symoné hosts ABC's "The View" on Oct. 6, 2015.Lou Rocco / ABC via Getty Images

"I am highly aware that the likelihood that The View will remove Raven Symoné is very slim, but this petition has created conversation, it has unified us...," the comment read.

Scott-Heron also stated in another comment on the petition that she didn't intend the petition to be hateful. "Please understand that this petition was not out of spite or hatred for Raven Symoné but merely for the love of my own people. As a race I know that we can achieve so much, and I would love to have role models on television fitting of our strength."

Symoné most recently received backlash for her comments about a Spring Valley High School student in Columbia, S.C., who was seen in video being flipped to the ground and dragged across a classroom floor by student resource officer Ben Fields. Fields has since been fired.

Symoné implied that both the officer and the girl held responsibility for the ugly encounter on one of the View's "After the View" segments.

"The girl was told multiple times to get off the phone," Symoné said. "There's no right or reason for him to be doing this type of harm — that's ridiculous — but at the same time, you gotta follow the rules in school."

Many were outraged that Symoné was not more critical of the officer's actions.

This is not the first time Ms. Symoné has caused a stir with her viewpoint.

In another segment of "The View" earlier this month while talking about judging people based on names, Symoné said she would never never hire someone named "Watermelondrea."

Symoné later apologized for her statements.