Ivanka Trump, former President Donald Trump‘s eldest daughter, faced online backlash on Saturday after actress Vivica A. Fox accused her of making a racist remark during filming of The Celebrity Apprentice.
In an episode of E! show For Real: The Story of Reality TV, which aired Friday, Fox told host Andy Cohen that Ivanka Trump lobbed a racial insult at her while filming a 2015 episode of The Celebrity Apprentice.
“I’ll never forget that when I did Celebrity Apprentice and Ivanka Trump, she said, ‘Wow, you speak very well,'” she said.
Fox explained that she didn’t think Ivanka Trump was aware that her remark was insulting.
“No, Andy. I hate to say it,” she said. “I don’t think she knew at the time that she was insulting us. I really think that she thought she was complimenting us. That it was like, ‘Oh, wow, you guys are intelligent.'”
Cohen added: “I don’t think she knows now.”
Fox remembered that the incident trended on Twitter after the episode aired due to Ivanka Trump‘s remarks. In January 2015, a slew of users criticized Ivanka Trump for describing Fox as “articulate.” @AubreyGrammer wrote, “@IvankaTrump Would u call Geraldo ‘articulate’? Still trippin’ that u called ANY grown woman articulate!”
Twitter users renewed their criticisms of Ivanka Trump on Saturday after Fox called the comment insulting, with some comparing her conduct to her father’s allegedly racist behavior.
American media personality Perez Hilton tweeted, “The racism runs in the family!”
“Ivanka Trump made a racist comment on Celebrity Apprentice. Shocking? not really,” tweeted @serenapatriot.
“Why doesn’t [it] surprise me? ‘Like father, like daughter,'” tweeted @BossLadyClash.
“Well, @ivankatrump, we are not surprised,” tweeted @IAmJoeTrudeau.
Newsweek reached out to Trump representatives for comment. This story will be updated with any response.
In The Method to the Madness: Donald Trump‘s Ascent as Told By Those Who Were Hired, Fired, Inspired—and Inaugurated, a book by Allen Salkin and Aaron Short, The Apprentice co-producer Bill Pruitt claimed that Trump questioned whether viewers would “buy” a Black contestant winning the first season of the reality show.
The 2004 debut season had two finalists: Kwame Jackson, a Black Goldman Sachs investment manager who graduated from Harvard Business School, and Bill Rancic, a Croatian-American entrepreneur who owned a Chicago cigar company.
Pruitt said that Trump huddled with producers and other judges when it came time to pick a winner and asked, “But will America buy a n***er winning?”
Rancic was named the winner in season 1.
Watch Vivica A. Fox’s interview on E! Below: