Vivica A. Fox has opened up about the racism that she experienced during her time on “Celebrity Apprentice“ back in 2015.
The “Two Can Play That Game” star sat down with Andy Cohen on a recent episode of his series, “For Real: The Story of Reality TV” on E!. During the interview, Fox says that on the set of “Celebrity Apprentice,” Donald Trump’s daughter, Ivanka Trump made damning comments about Fox’s articulation.
“I will never forget that when I did Celebrity Apprentice and Ivanka Trump, she said, ‘Wow, you speak very well.’ You know Andy, I hate to say it. I don’t think she knew at the time she was insulting us. I think at the time she thought she was complimenting us,” Fox revealed.
The actress added, “She was like, ‘Oh wow, you guys are intelligent.’ Now, I’m going to say when the show aired, Twitter went crazy, like, ‘What does she mean?!'”
Cohen noted that multiple white execs had to green-light the show before it aired. Yet, no one thought to edit the clip or flag Trump’s insensitive comments. He asked fellow panelists Kandi Burruss, Mona Scott-Young, and Holly Carter what advice they would give “a successful white producer” in television who deals with African-American cast members.
Carter replied, “I would say, take time to learn the people that you’re working with. I would also say, learn to like your Black women.”