Sheryl Underwood unveils her natural hair and issues an apology.
Two years after Sheryl Underwood was raked over the coals for making offensive remarks about natural hair, the comedian and co-host of “The Talk” issued a public apology.
During a live taping of “The Talk,” Sheryl removed her wig to unveil her natural hair (which looks great on her) and apologized for the hurtful remarks she made about natural hair in September 2013 while discussing a story about how Heidi Klum saved her biracial children’s hair, she replied, “Why would you save Afro hair? You can’t weave in afro hair. You don’t never see us at the hair place saying ‘Listen…what I need is some afro hair.’”
Peep the clip below.
Sheryl told viewers, “I made some statements that were not only wrong, they hurt our community. I was wrong, and I wanted to take the time to apologize, especially in the forum that this discussion occurred.”
The comedian recalled the backlash she received following the interview and said she was called everything from an “Uncle Tom” to a “House N***a,” but added, “I could understand that kind of language being used, because people were hurt.”
Co-host Julie Chen read a portion of a written apology from Sheryl Underwood that stated, “I want to apologize for my recent attempt at humor that missed the target and hit my people squarely in the heart. The way the joke came out offended my people and my community, which was not my intent.”
Sheryl added, “There is a responsibility to being on TV, and there is a cultural responsibility when you make a mistake that really hurts people. I am so sorry to my community and my people for hurting you. I’m asking you for forgiveness and I will work hard to make it better.”