From Attorney Gloria Allred:
Today The View issued an apology in a written statement to my client Rachel Uchitel. Yesterday a co-host on The View stated in reference to Rachel “”Yeah,…. Uchitel. Yeah,… You-ka-tell she’s a hooker.” Last night we issued a statement in which we emphasized that the assertion about Ms. Uchitel was false and defamatory and highly offensive to her and that Rachel was very upset by it because it was viewed and read all around the world. We emphasized that it was very hurtful to Rachel because it was not true.
We sent a letter last night and emailed ABC Television this morning demanding a retraction on the View as soon as possible. Unfortunately, it is my understanding that The View was taped before a retraction and apology could be made.
ABC has now issued a written apology. “Joy Behar made a play on Ms. Uchitel’s name. This was intended as a joke. We sincerely apologize for the choice of words and for any misimpression the joke may have created.”
We appreciate their prompt response and apology to Rachel. The apology sends an important message to others who would dare to characterize her in that way. It is a significant step forward in this matter.
However, we still think it is important that the apology to Rachel be broadcast on the air on Monday’s show (The View). Rachel values her reputation and we look forward to ABC’s broadcasting their apology to all those who heard it on their show. Because the statement was made on The View, the apology must be broadcast on that show as well.