Scoop: ‘GMA’s’ Amy Robach quickly apologizes for racial slur

Co-anchor Amy Robach was called out after using the phrase "colored people" on "Good Morning America" -- she said she was sorry pretty quickly. (Courtesy ABC)

Co-anchor Amy Robach was called out after using the phrase "colored people" on "Good Morning America" -- she said she was sorry pretty quickly. (Courtesy ABC)

It was just moments after the error that “Good Morning America’s” Amy Robach apologized for her on-air insensitivity on Monday.

She immediately issued a statement: “This morning during a segment about Hollywood casting, I mistakenly said ‘colored people’ instead of ‘people of color.’ I sincerely apologize. It was a mistake and is not at
all a reflection of how I feel or speak in my everyday life.”

The comment came during a report about the possibility that Zendaya will play Mary Jane Watson in an upcoming “Spider-Man” movie.

Us Weekly notes that Zendaya, 19, was the subject of similar news when Giuliana Rancic on “Fashion Police” described her 2015 Academy Award look – dreadlocks – as smelling like “weed” and “patchouli oil.” Deemed tacky, the joke led to the departure of cohosts Kelly Osbourne and Kathy Griffin from the talk show.
SHANNON SETTLES
There’s a bit of good news for Shannen Doherty in her ongoing cancer battle.

TMZ reported Monday that the actress settled her multi-million dollar suit against her former business manager and his firm, whom she said didn’t pay her health insurance premiums, causing her to be without coverage at a time when her breast cancer would likely have been detected.

The amount Doherty, 45, will receive is confidential; the suit was filed for $15 million.

According the TMZ and Page Six, an agreement was reached Friday, just before conflict was heating up: Doherty’s ex-manager Steven Blatt questioned why the “Beverly Hills 90210” actress couldn’t appear for a second deposition, given she was attending public and media events.

Doherty, who already had been deposed for seven hours, also shared a lovely story on Instagram, posting a photo of an anonymous note that was sent to her by fans who recently picked up her lunch tab at a Cheesecake Factory. It said: “Thanks for your bravery and your openness. God bless you and your family.”

QUICK TAKES
The lineup for the 30th Bridge School Benefit, on Oct. 22-23 at Shoreline Amphitheatre, has been announced: Neil Young + Promise Of The Real, Metallica, Roger Waters, Dave Matthews, case / lang / veirs, Willie Nelson, My Morning Jacket, Norah Jones, Cage The Elephant and Nils Lofgren; ickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Aug. 29. … Toots Thielemans, a jazz harmonica player, guitarist and whistler whose 1961 composition “Bluesette” became a standard, has died at 94. ….


HAPPY BIRTHDAY

Rapper Lil Yachty is 19. … Swimmer Natalie Coughlin is 34. … Basketball player Kobe Bryant is 38. … Singer Julian Casablancas of The Strokes is 38. … Singer-actor Rick Springfield is 67. … Actress Shelley Long is 67. … Politician Pete Wilson is 83. … Actress Barbara Eden is 85. … Actress Vera Miles is 86.

— Staff, wire reports

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