Whoopi Goldberg first used the word when discussing presidential candidate Herman Cain's comments about the controversy surrounding Rick Perry and a hunting camp his family once leased. (The Washington Post first reported that a large rock at the entrance of the camp had the term painted on it. Perry claimed his father painted over the word in 1983 or 1984, but witnesses told the Post that the word was still visible as recently as this past summer. Cain called Perry "insensitive" for letting the word stay there for so long during an interview with Fox News Sunday.)
Walters repeated the word during the discussion, but noted that it was very hard for her to say. "The fact that I just said it now gives me chills," she said.
But Shepherd immediately took issue with Walters' use of the word. "I didn't like the way you said it," Shepherd told her co-host. "I don't know if it's a semantics thing, but it's something that goes through my body." Shepherd said she was "fine" with the way Goldberg said it, claiming she said it a "different way."
Walters asked Shepherd if the issue had to do with the fact that Walters is white. "Yeah, it's something about hearing you say it," Shepherd said. "I don't like it when you use the word. ... When you say it, it's a different connotation."
ABC censored the word throughout the heated debate.
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