Halle Berry is speaking her mind.
The 54-year-old actress spoke during an episode of the podcast “The Morning Bull Show” that was shared on Twitter, during which host Rob Lederman spoke about his attraction to certain black women.
Before admitting his preference for lighter-skinned women, the radio host acknowledged that he “can get in trouble for this.”
“I’ll never get to the level of Serena Williams,” she said, referring to her darker skin tone. “But I feel very comfortable at the Halle Berry level. I need a bit of a mulatto that is still coming.”
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Then a co-host asked if Gayle King was in Lederman’s “kingdom.”
“No, Gayle King is not even at my toaster level,” Lederman replied.
A representative of the podcast’s parent company, Cumulus Media, confirmed to People magazine that Lederman’s comments led to his firing.
Additionally, Buffalo News reports that two co-hosts, Rich “Bull” Gaenzler and Chris Klein, were also suspended.
Now, Berry shares his thoughts on the matter.
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“Disgusting”, she saying on Twitter on Friday. “It is ridiculous that this kind of nonsense continues to be transmitted through radio waves.”
The Oscar winner added: “ALL black women are beautiful and worthy, Rob Lederman. [Get the f— out of here]. “
Lederman had issued a public apology on Twitter on Thursday.
“I want to sincerely apologize for hurting people with my foolish and ignorant comments yesterday,” he began in a typewritten note. “After hearing what I said and how it must have sounded to others, I was horrified.”
He continued, explaining that he understands people’s anger and acknowledges the mistake he made.
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The radio host shared that he reached out to the NAACP, his “friends in the clergy in the African American community” and the mayor’s office “to see their guidance and teaching.” He also promised to increase his “sensitivity and understanding” of these matters.
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“Please know that my comments were ignorant, but they were not intended to be hurtful, but I know that I, like many others, need to learn from this,” Lederman added. “This is a great opportunity to initiate communication so this mistake can heal, and not divide. I will do my best to use what I am learning as a platform to better understand and hopefully help others, while helping myself. to myself”.