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Another day, another heated debate on The View. The conversation on Monday's edition of the talk show became about more than a controversial news topic when Barbara Walters offended cohost Sherri Shepherd by using the N-word in a newsy context.
Whoopi Goldberg introduced the topic -- and was the first to use the term -- when she quoted presidential candidate Herman Cain, who's been criticized for "pulling the race card" by calling out fellow presidential hopeful Rick Perry because the N-word is in the name of hunting property Perry uses. But it wasn't until Walters repeated the word in her own discussion of Cain's usage that Shepherd took offense. Watch below!
"There's a difference between the way you and Whoopi say it," the 44-year-old comedian and actress started, before Walters stopped her and said, "Let me finish."
Though Walters' use of the N-word was only in the context of the discussion and she wasn't using it in an antagonizing way, Shepherd -- who has said publicly that she's been the victim of bullying because of her race -- felt uncomfortable with the way the 82-year-old former news anchor said it.
Walters made a point to say that she was uncomfortable with even speaking the word.
"The fact that (Cain) said it, the fact that I said it gives me chills right now." she said. "We never use that word, and Herman Cain, who by the way will be on with us tomorrow, did."
"I didn't like the way you said it," Shepherd then told Walters. "I don't know if it's a semantics thing, but it's something that goes through my body." But she made a point of saying that she was fine with Whoopi's usage.
"When I heard you say it, it was fine," Shepherd told Goldberg. But then she turned to Walters and said, "You said it a different way."
Not one to go quietly, Walters asked Shepherd if her objection was based on the fact that Barbara 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."
Still, Shepherd made it clear that she wasn't attacking Walter's personally. "It's nothing on you, Barbara," she admitted. "I could probably never explain the way I feel."