Strahan’s comments at the ABC town hall speak to the current climate at the network.
Last week, allegations were brought against ABC News executive Barbara Fedida in a report by The Huffington Post. It was alleged that Fedida made offensive comments about The View host Sunny Hostin and other on-air talent, including Robin Roberts, Kendis Gibson and Mara Schiavocampo, in the past. The Huffington Post claimed these alleged comments led to the hiring of an executive coach for Fedida, and resulted in one confidential settlement with a former ABC News staffer involved racial discrimination allegations.
In a statement to E! News on June 15, ABC said, “There are deeply disturbing allegations in this story that we need to investigate, and we have placed Barbra Fedida on administrative leave while we conduct a thorough and complete investigation. These allegations do not represent the values and culture of ABC News, where we strive to make everyone feel respected in a thriving, diverse and inclusive workplace.”
Fedida has denied any allegations of racial discrimination.