Sunny Hostin has revealed she frequently receives ‘death threats and nasty emails’ as her comments on The View are misconstrued ‘all the time’ on social media.
The TV host, 55, spoke candidly about facing personal attacks, as she discussed the ‘fatigue’ around the slew of excerpts and articles published ahead of the release of celebrity memoirs.
She claimed people accuse her of having a ‘fake Spanish accent’ and of being ‘born with a silver spoon’ because snippets of her comments are often ‘taken out of context’, leading strangers to think they know everything about her.
‘I realize that social media just gives you these little snippets and a lot of those clips are taken out of context,’ she told Brian Teta on The View’s Behind the Table podcast. ‘And the reason I know this is because it happens to me. It happens to me all the time.’
The View host Sunny Hostin, 55, has revealed that she often receives ‘death threats and nasty emails’ from haters
Sunny explained that snippets of her debates shared on social media are often taken ‘completely out of context’
Sunny, pictured here with her mom Rosa is half Puerto Rican and Spanish is her first language
She continued: ‘I get hate mail, I get death threats, I get these nasty emails based on some snippet that’s been posted somewhere, completely out of context and people think they know me. And I’ve written a book about my life! All you need to do is read that memoir and you will know everything about me!’
Sunny was referring to her book, I Am These Truths: A Memoir of Identity, Justice, and Living Between Worlds, which she released in September 2020.
Elaborating on the hate mail, she said: ‘I’ve had people say that I was “born with a silver spoon”… no actually I was born in the Bronx projects, and raised in the south Bronx projects, I was very poor.
‘I’ve had people say, “oh look at Sunny with the fake Spanish accent”… no, actually I’m half Puerto Rican and so Spanish is actually my first language, so when you hear me pronouncing something in Spanish, it’s because that is my language!
‘I’ve had people say, “oh now she’s Jewish today”… well yes, my grandfather does happen to be Jewish and my mother was raised with two religions, which sounds strange but that’s just my family!’
Celebrity memoirs have been a topic of contention on The View in recent weeks, following the hysteria around Britney Spears’ The Woman in Me, and Jada Pinkett-Smith’s Worthy – in which she details he on again off again marriage to husband Will.
Sunny has been a staunch defender of Jada, hailing her ‘brave’ and ‘courageous’ for putting pen to paper to discuss her life and tumultuous relationship.
Sunny recently talked about her own childhood, revealing how her mother’s ‘suffering’ gave her the determination to ‘get out’ of the Bronx, where her family lived without heating or hot water.
Asked by Paolo Presta what she would tell her younger self now, she replied: ‘It’s gonna get so much better. Those were tough times actually.’
Speaking about why she was determined to better herself, she continued: ‘It wouldn’t be the cycle for my children, no way. And I was gonna get my mom out of there too. My mom was suffering… my dad was strong, but my mom was suffering. We were all gonna get out of that situation.’
Sunny, pictured here with her father William, has been accused of lying about growing up in poverty in the Bronx projects
It’s no secret that mother-of-two Sunny grew up in poverty and she often shares stories about her past on The View
Sunny pictured in November 2022 with her husband of 25 years Emmanuel Hostin
Sunny also opened up about how she ‘earned confidence’ and revealed how being told by a CNN producer that she wasn’t good enough to anchor her own show has left her with insecurities.
‘I was not only told that I would never be able to anchor my own show, I was used to audition other people for the show I wanted to anchor,’ she told Paolo.
‘And I did it for the money. I’ve got two kids in school, I’ve got a husband, who while he’s a surgeon, loves to do a lot of charity work, which is a great thing… and I just continued to do it, and every time I did it, it would chip away at my confidence.’
When Paolo described Sunny as having ‘so much confidence’ on The View, she replied: ‘People confuse confidence with arrogance. I’m actually the least arrogant person I think you’ll meet because I still have those insecurities.
‘It’s earned confidence. I’m only confident when I’m talking about the law, or the love that I have for my children and my husband, I’m confident there… always. I’m confident in my faith, I’m confident that all people are created equal and meant to be treated with humanity.
‘I’m confident in all of those things and that’s what you see. Other things… I’m not arrogant at all, it’s just that earned confidence with life experience.’