Former ESPN anchor Sage Steele slammed ABC’s ‘The View‘ on Bill Maher’s podcast, describing the show as ‘despicable’ and accusing it of being ‘full of it’ when it comes to accepting non-liberal viewpoints.
The lengthy discussion with Maher came a month after Steele, 50, settled her lawsuit with Disney over her controversial comments about COIVD vaccines and former U.S. president Barack Obama.
When Maher put forth the idea that Steele should be on the ABC’s liberal talk show, Steele pushed back.
‘You should be on ‘The View,’ Maher said on his Sunday podcast ‘Club Random’.
‘Hell no,’ Steele replied to Maher. ‘I’ve been on The View and It didn’t go so well.’
‘The show to me is despicable,’ she added, accusing ladies on The View of not accepting different views and talking over people who disagree with them.
Former ESPN anchor Sage Steele(right) described The View as ‘despicable’ and accusing it of being ‘full of it’ when it comes to accepting non-liberal viewpoints
She accused ladies on The View of not accepting different views and talking over people who disagree with them
The former ESPN host railed against The View’s hosts, who have worked ‘under the same umbrella of Disney’ which owns both ESPN and ABC.
‘It didn’t go so well because you know what, at ‘The View,’ they don’t want your view. They only want theirs. They are bulls**t.
‘They are fine telling lies on that stage in that set,’ Steele said. ‘Because they know that if someone calls them on it then they are just going to talk over them and have the audience clap and go to break.
‘It makes me sad because the potential of the 20 years is incredible, and they have ruined it.’
The former ESPN host has appeared on The View, the talk show that has been on air since 1997, four times.
Steele announced she had settled her lawsuit against ESPN last month.
‘Having successfully settled my case with ESPN/Disney, I have decided to leave, so I can exercise my First Amendment rights more freely,’ Steele posted on social media.
‘I am grateful for so many wonderful experiences over the past 16 years and am excited for my next chapter!’ she continued.
The liberal ABC’s talk show has been on air since 1997, completing 26 seasons
Steele (pictured in September on Jay Cutler’s podcast) said she was benched for publicly criticizing her employer’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate and former President Barack Obama’s decision to call himself black
The former host of ‘SportsCenter’ sued the network last year for violating her free-speech rights after she was benched for criticizing her employer’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate and former President Barack Obama‘s decision to call himself black.
She said ESPN is hypocritical, because it allowed other colleagues to make unspecified ‘political comments’ with no blowback ensuing.
The drama began September 2021 when Steele appeared on Cutler’s podcast and touched on political and social topics, including vaccines and Obama’s blackness.
Steele told the former NFL player she had recently gotten the COVID jab after Disney, ESPN’s parent company, issued a ‘sick’ mandate requiring all employees be vaccinating.
Feeling ‘defeated,’ the longtime anchor allegedly complied in order to keep her job.
‘I respect everyone’s decision, I really do, but to mandate it is sick and it’s scary to me in many ways. But I have a job, a job that I love and, frankly, a job that I need,’ Steele told Cutler at the time.
She also talked about her decision to identify as biracial and seemingly criticized Obama’s decision to call himself black on the U.S. Census despite having been raised by a white mother and grandmother.
‘I’m like, “Well, congratulations to the president. That’s his thing,”‘ Steele said. ‘I think that’s fascinating considering his black dad was nowhere to be found, but his white mom and grandma raised him, but hey, you do you. I’m going to do me.’
In early October, after her commentary sparked outrage on social media, Steele was told she would be ‘sidelined’ or ‘taking a break’ from the network, according to the complaint.