9 Things TV Personalities Said About the Name ‘Redskins’


From TV hosts, to celebrities, to journalists, the so-called 'R' word debate has remained fueled by members of the media, even as the team's owner, Dan Snyder, stands firm on "never" changing it.

Here are eight television personalities who have spoken out about the word.

Bill O'Reily and Dave Letterman on "The Dave Letterman show" (CBS)

1. Dave Letterman

“I know your version of it,” Letterman said to Billy O’Reilly, referring to how the team’s name could have been chosen on Wednesday night’s Dave Letterman Show.

“When they went to war with the white man, they would paint their faces red to go into battle. But the white Americans and the Europeans obliterated an enormous race of people right out of their own country; by the millions, gone, goodbye. Here you can have a little bitty piece of land, and good luck with your casino.”

Dave also said that the team’s name was offensive to Native Americans.

You can watch the video here.

2. Bill O’Reilly

On that same broadcast, Reilly said, in jest, that the team should change its name.

“I’d like to see the team change it’s name to the Washington Chaos. First- and-ten for the Chaos!”

O’Reilly said that he would like to see polling from the Native American community on how they felt about the name.

3. Lawrence O’Donnell

Lawrence O'Donnell (Associated Press)

The Host of The Last Word on MSNBC was adamant about the team changing its name. O'Donnell said this on his evening broadcast

“The Washington Blackskins, the Washington Brownskins, the Washington Yellowskins? Now we know no one actually has yellow skin, but accuracy has never been part of racial slurs. Native Americans don’t have red skin.”

4. Comedian Katt Williams

Williams was as caught on TMZ. Here’s what he had to say.

“But as long as we still live in a country where you really will call a team the Redskins, we shouldn’t have S*** to say. I’m saying, do you know how racist that is!”


5. Brian Kilmeade

The Fox and Friends host sounded confused and asked, “Here’s my question, they’ve been the Redskins for 81 years, why are they offended now?”


6. Glenn Beck

Beck did not think that NBC’s Bob Costas should have made any comments on the Redskins name debate.

On his Sunday Night Football broadcast, Costas said, "But think for a moment about the term 'Redskins' and how it truly differs from all the others. Ask yourself what the equivalent would be if directed toward African-Americans, Hispanics, Asians or members of any other ethnic group."

Here’s what Beck said on his live broadcast after listening to Costas.

“What about whites?? Why is it that all white people think that they have to correct all of the ills and protect everybody else? Can we at least be thrown in as a people of a race? As an option?”


Before it became a "hot topic," the Ladies of ABC's The View weighed in on the name change debate on their popular show. Here's what they had to say.

7. Sherri Shephard

ABC’s co-host said that the name is offensive and that Native Americans should be asked to weight in.

“If a community comes out and says this is offensive to me, who are we to say your feelings don’t matter in it.”

8. Elizabeth Hasselback

When Hasselback was a host on ABC’s The View, she has since moved to Fox and Friends, Hasselback said, change the name.

“They should actually take advantage of the time now—because Tim played for the Redskins… they have RG 3, he’s a great quarterback, and they’re successful, and make the change now. They don’t have to worry about sales. They’ll make up the funds. Change it. Don’t worry about it. The only offensive you’ll have to worry about is on the field.”

But Hasselback might have changed her mind since then. See number 5, above.

9. Comedian Joy Behar

“How come you can say the Houston Rednecks? Because aren’t the necks part of the skin?”

Whoopi Goldberg responded to Behar saying, “And people always think I’m high.”



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harry carter's picture
harry carter
Submitted by harry carter on
why are people always bitching.....everybody get along it only a name......remember the old saying.........sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me

Anonymous's picture
Submitted by Anonymous on
I believe that all Native people from US shall receive a money compensation or a recognition of yhe time that the Red Skin won..or even father the Red Skin organisation should of ask our people the right to be called that name and negociate with them...they always using our names to thei benefit...as they do for logos, design anything rhat makes money...and what do we have from that!!!

Michael Madrid's picture
Michael Madrid
Submitted by Michael Madrid on
HOP ON THE BANDWAGON BIG NAME PEOPLE! We've got to bring attention to this and people just don't care if only us NDNs complain.

shunka waji's picture
shunka waji
Submitted by shunka waji on
Why is it white people think they have any reason to have an objective opinion about this issue? Especially since the US continues to mistreat Native Americans on an ongoing basis.

tmsyr11's picture
Submitted by tmsyr11 on
Lawrence O-donnell is a demogague..... After 81 years of being the "Redskins", why now? yes sir indeed!

tmsyr11's picture
Submitted by tmsyr11 on
here my 'new' name suggestion to this band-wagon theme song. CHange the name for what would be representative of 'native americans' (if Redskin is offensive). Please NOT the Warriors, but rather the Washington Ward'rers

Michael Madrid's picture
Michael Madrid
Submitted by Michael Madrid on
Harry Carter: That's not entirely true. There was an article here within the past month written by a psychologist that outlined how detrimental racism and racial stereotypes are to an overall population (as opposed to only those ethnicities suffering the direct racism). Have we become a nation of racists where slurs are our only way of describing another ethnicity, or are we a nation of crybaby liberals being politically correct? Now, ask yourself which race in North America suffered a genocide?