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Raven-Symoné Dismisses Critics, Stands By 'Animal' Comment

HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 13:  Actress  Raven-Symone attends the Outfest 2015 Fusion Gala screening and Q&A of 'Empire' at Americ
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 13: Actress Raven-Symone attends the Outfest 2015 Fusion Gala screening and Q&A of 'Empire' at American Cinematheque's Egyptian Theatre on March 13, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Vincent Sandoval/Getty Images)

Raven-Symoné received a hailstorm of criticism after her appearance on Monday’s episode of “The View,” when she questioned whether the intent of former Univision host Rodner Figueroa’s comments on Michelle Obama resembling a cast member from “Planet of the Apes” was “racist-like.”

Symoné, who was serving as a guest host on the episode, joined the panel's discussion on the story and said, “some people look like animals. I look like a bird. So can I be mad if somebody calls me a Toucan Sam?”

As expected, her comments didn’t sit too well with fans on social media -- and later prompted the actress to clarify her statements on Twitter.

Now, during an interview with The Daily Beast, the 29-year-old “That’s So Raven” star responded to critics who disapproved of her comments on the daytime talks show.

“I don’t think they heard what I said. I did not defend the man,” she admitted during the interview. “I said that what he said was very distasteful. And I think that the organization is in the right to fire him. And I don’t believe that she looks like a racially charged animal that has been connected to the black community for years and years…However, I do know people that look like animals!”

Read more of Raven Symoné’s interview with The Daily Beast here.

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