ABC News Exec (Woman) Suspended Over Insensitive Comments

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Barbara Fedida had been the subject of multiple complaints to the Human Resources department at the network.

Barbara Fedida, an ABC News executive overseeing talent and business, has been placed on administrative leave while the network investigates insensitive comments she made in the workplace, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

The Huffington Post first reported the news, citing 34 anonymous sources that were collected over a period of six months. According to the report, there was an encounter in 2018 between Fedida and Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts that included one of the alleged inappropriate remarks.

Roberts was reportedly attempting to negotiate her contract renewal — the longtime broadcaster had been at ABC since 2005 — and Fedida responded negatively and made a comment to the effect of, it wasn’t as if the network was asking her to “pick cotton,” according to sources.

Fedida has been the subject of “more than a dozen” complaints to the Human Resources department of ABC News, the report details, citing a history of inappropriate and racist comments that amounted to an uncomfortable work environment.

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