‘There was no bra station’: 'Deal or No Deal' alum Patricia Kara slams Meghan Markle over ‘bimbo’ comments
In response to Meghan Markle's allegations that she was "objectified" and "reduced to a bimbo" while appearing on the NBC game show 'Deal or No Deal,' yet another former briefcase girl, Patricia Kara, has come forward to refute her claims. Meghan was earlier criticized by Claudia Jordan for the comments she made on the show.
In all 34 of the episodes that the Duchess of Sussex appeared in between 2006 and 2007, Kara, 50, co-starred with Meghan, 41, in the popular series, which ran from 2005 to 2009 on television. She has now gone out to clarify the situation in light of Meghan's recent remarks, responding to the Duchess' accusations that the show's models had to undergo makeovers at several backstage "stations," where she claims they would have put bra pads and artificial eyelashes. Meghan claimed the following on her podcast 'Archetypes': “There were different stations for having your lashes put on, or your extensions put in, or the padding in your bra.” Patricia, however, argued that there was never such a "station." “There was no bra station! There was no bra station,” she insisted while speaking to Inside Edition.
When questioned if Meghan's remarks about being "objectified" and made to feel like a "bimbo" were "familiar," the former 'Deal or No Deal' model stated that she had never had that kind of bad experience, adding that she had only good memories of the game show and had even returned as a briefcase girl for its 2018 reincarnation. “Not at all. It's unfortunate that she felt that way because in my experience I never ever felt that way,” she continued.
With her remarks about 'Deal or No Deal' recently, Meghan prompted a heated backlash. She acknowledged that she was appreciative of the money she made on the show while attempting to make it as an actress, referring to it as “a short stint” to pay the bills but also expressed displeasure with it. “I ended up quitting the show,” Meghan continued on the episode - which featured an interview with Paris Hilton. “I was so much more than what was being objectified on the stage. I didn't like feeling forced to be all looks and little substance. That's how it felt for me at the time, being reduced to this specific archetype, the word bimbo.”
Claudia, another former briefcase ladies and 'Real Housewives of Atlanta' actress, was one of the first people to publicly criticize Meghan's remarks. She slammed Meghan's claims on her Instagram Stories, arguing that the show never treated its models like "bimbos" and that producers really chose briefcase girls based on their "outgoing personalities."
Her statements have been criticized by a number of well-known people, including TV personalities Whoopi Goldberg and Megyn Kelly, in the wake of the episode's airing. The Duchess was accused of "making other women feel bad" by Whoopi, 66, on a recent episode of 'The View.' Whoopi is known for her liberal viewpoints. saying: “My point is, if you see it and that's how you feel, just maybe you don't want to make the other women feel bad because maybe they're not - you know, maybe they're trying to make a living too.”
Megyn, a former Fox News host, 51, also criticized Meghan's comments, saying that the former 'Suits' star "'knew exactly what she was getting herself into." “The laughable notion that she did not know what she was getting herself into when she took a job in which one’s only mission is to look tan, wear false eyelashes and wear a skimpy shiny dress while opening a suitcase,” Megyn said on her 'SiriusXM' podcast. “She knew exactly what she was getting herself into on that job and it was no surprise to her that they wanted her to look as good as possible while doing it. What she’s trying to con us on now is whether she enjoyed it. She loved every minute of it. She wanted to be objectified. She wanted the adulation just like she still wants it to this day.”