9 Things TV Personalities Said About the Name ‘Redskins’

From TV hosts, to celebrities, to journalists, the so-called 'R' word debate has remained fueled by members of the media, even as the team's owner, Dan Snyder, stands firm on "never" changing it.

Here are eight television personalities who have spoken out about the word.

Bill O'Reily and Dave Letterman on "The Dave Letterman show" (CBS)


Bill O'Reily and Dave Letterman on “The Dave Letterman show”

1. Dave Letterman

“I know your version of it,” Letterman said to Billy O’Reilly, referring to how the team’s name could have been chosen on Wednesday night’s Dave Letterman Show.

“When they went to war with the white man, they would paint their faces red to go into battle. But the white Americans and the Europeans obliterated an enormous race of people right out of their own country; by the millions, gone, goodbye. Here you can have a little bitty piece of land, and good luck with your casino.”

Dave also said that the team’s name was offensive to Native Americans.

You can watch the video here.

2. Bill O’Reilly

On that same broadcast, Reilly said, in jest, that the team should change its name.

“I’d like to see the team change it’s name to the Washington Chaos. First- and-ten for the Chaos!”

O’Reilly said that he would like to see polling from the Native American community on how they felt about the name.

3. Lawrence O’Donnell

Lawrence O'Donnell (Associated Press)

Associated Press

Lawrence O'Donnell

The Host of The Last Word on MSNBC was adamant about the team changing its name. O'Donnell said this on his evening broadcast

“The Washington Blackskins, the Washington Brownskins, the Washington Yellowskins? Now we know no one actually has yellow skin, but accuracy has never been part of racial slurs. Native Americans don’t have red skin.”

4. Comedian Katt Williams

Williams was as caught on TMZ. Here’s what he had to say.

“But as long as we still live in a country where you really will call a team the Redskins, we shouldn’t have S*** to say. I’m saying, do you know how racist that is!”


5. Brian Kilmeade

The Fox and Friends host sounded confused and asked, “Here’s my question, they’ve been the Redskins for 81 years, why are they offended now?”


6. Glenn Beck

Beck did not think that NBC’s Bob Costas should have made any comments on the Redskins name debate.

On his Sunday Night Football broadcast, Costas said, "But think for a moment about the term 'Redskins' and how it truly differs from all the others. Ask yourself what the equivalent would be if directed toward African-Americans, Hispanics, Asians or members of any other ethnic group."

Here’s what Beck said on his live broadcast after listening to Costas.

“What about whites?? Why is it that all white people think that they have to correct all of the ills and protect everybody else? Can we at least be thrown in as a people of a race? As an option?”


Before it became a "hot topic," the Ladies of ABC's The View weighed in on the name change debate on their popular show. Here's what they had to say.

7. Sherri Shephard

ABC’s co-host said that the name is offensive and that Native Americans should be asked to weight in.

“If a community comes out and says this is offensive to me, who are we to say your feelings don’t matter in it.”

8. Elizabeth Hasselback

When Hasselback was a host on ABC’s The View, she has since moved to Fox and Friends, Hasselback said, change the name.

“They should actually take advantage of the time now—because Tim played for the Redskins… they have RG 3, he’s a great quarterback, and they’re successful, and make the change now. They don’t have to worry about sales. They’ll make up the funds. Change it. Don’t worry about it. The only offensive you’ll have to worry about is on the field.”

But Hasselback might have changed her mind since then. See number 5, above.

9. Comedian Joy Behar

“How come you can say the Houston Rednecks? Because aren’t the necks part of the skin?”

Whoopi Goldberg responded to Behar saying, “And people always think I’m high.”




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