Howie Mandel doesn’t comprehend why Meghan Markle received so negative feedback for claiming that she was treated like a “bimbo” when participating in “Deal or No Deal.”
The Duchess of Sussex was defended by the former game show host, who said that she wasn’t criticizing the program but simply sharing how it made her feel.
In an interview with Us Weekly that appeared in an article on Thursday, the 66-year-old said, “I’ve never really heard anybody complain and I don’t think Meghan is moaning. “I believe Meghan just mentioned wanting to accomplish more. For her, it was unfulfilling. I’m not sure why there’s such a fuss, but I have to admit that I felt like a bimbo standing there with 26 women staring at me.
The TV personality, who earlier admitted he didn’t recall Markle on the game show, continued by saying he could relate to the 41-year-old because he had experienced similar emotions while working on the show for four years.
I understand it because — and I’ve never stated this before — there was a pyramid of 26 attractive, intellectual ladies who were just standing there and staring at me as if I were a piece of meat. “I was standing in the middle, just dressed in a suit, and I sensed that I am more than this. And all they would do was stare at me, leaving me helpless.
Howie Mandel insisted that despite feeling like “nothing” while working on the renowned game show, it “was a terrific workplace environment.”
When Meghan Markle said on her podcast “Archetypes” that she left the now-defunct game show because she was “so much more than what was being objectified on the stage,” she landed in deep water earlier this month.
It bothered her that she was being reduced to this particular stereotype at the time—the term “bimbo.” “I didn’t appreciate feeling compelled to be all looks and little substance, and that’s how it seemed for me at the time,” she said.
Following her contentious remarks, social media users, former show staff members, and even Whoopi Goldberg disputed her assertions. The “View” co-host refuted Markle’s assertions, stating that accepting positions that are beneath you is a necessary part of the entertainment industry.
You accept the gig when you’re a performer, she stated on the talk program. “You accept the job. It just so happens that sometimes you’re wearing a Bozo suit and other times you have a large nose.