Fans slam ‘The View’ hosts Alyssa Farah Griffin and Ana Navarro for mispronouncing A-list star’s name live on air
It is a myth that renowned talk show hosts are always good at pronunciation. However, when it comes to popular celebs, especially an Emmy Award winner, a gaffe from the former White House Director of Strategic Communications, can become a big blunder. Co-hosts Ana Navarro and Alyssa Farah Griffin mispronounced American actress Zendaya's name on Friday's episode of 'The View' after discussing a segment about men's height.
The co-hosts talked about Zendaya in a discussion, during a segment dedicated to discussing men’s height that happened for almost an hour. The 79-year-old Joy Behar started the segment with her statement, “It may seem like women are always getting something surgical larger or reduced.”
“But according to GQ, men who want to be taller are resorting to, this is awful, a painful process called leg-lengthening,” she continued. Moving on, The 79-year-old went on to explain the details of the surgical process and said that, "there have been so many men in history who were short and successful," as spoke in favor of men of short height and said that history has seen several successful men who weren’t as tall.
The co-hosts Ana and Alyssa did read a study that statistically proves that men of shorter height have fewer career opportunities and favorable romantic relationships. They then continued to talk about some famous men who have a smaller height than their female counterparts but enjoy successful careers.
Alyssa stepped in and spoke up on the topic and said, "I don't have strong feelings about male height, but I think the right personality and being outgoing can help." Talking about Tom Holland, she said, “Well, now I’m calling him Zendaya’s boyfriend, I don’t think he’s that big of an icon, but he’s shot. He’s so cute.” Here is where the blunder happened as Alyssa pronounced her name as ‘Zend-EYE-a.’ Co-host Sunny Hostin chimed in and clarified, “Tom- Tom Holland.”
Although the 26-year-old, Spider-Man actress' is just two inches taller than Tom Holland, (Zendaya is 5'10 and Tom is 5'8) her lean figure when paired with heels makes her look a lot taller. Confused co-host Joy asked who Tom was and her co-hosts explained. Ana also made her co-hosts aware that she doesn’t know either Tom or Zendaya so just "go ahead." She (Ana) also pronounced Zendaya’s name in the same weird way. In actuality, the California-born actress' name is Zen-DAY-a as opposed to Zend-EYE-a.
As reported by The Sun earlier this isn’t the first time the hosts have goofed up on people’s names. However, given the fact that Zendaya is an A-listed star who has also bagged two Emmy awards and is the first Black woman to win the same in the Lead Actress-Drama Series category, it is weird that the hosts of such a prestigious show do not know the right way to pronounce her name. The actress has given how Zendaya is an A-listed star, it is strange that the hosts do not know the right way to pronounce her name.
Of course, fans of "The View" quickly noticed the pronunciation blunder and commented on social media about how the co-hosts pronounced Zendaya's name. One wrote, “The fact that (2) cohost Mispronounced that girl’s name: sounds like zen-die-a, ITS ZENDAYA. #TheView.”
The fact that (2) cohost Mispronounced that girl’s name: sounds like zen-die-a, ITS ZENDAYA. #TheView— BB5akaTHECHAMP (@BB5akaTHECHAMP) September 16, 2022
“#TheView Welp, just learned that I’ve been pronouncing Zendaya wrong,” chimed another.
#TheView— Mike Fly (@mfly1971) September 16, 2022
Welp, just learned that I've been pronouncing Zendaya wrong.
Another viewer wrote, “By the way, it’s pronounced Zen-DAY-uh, not Zen-die-uh #TheView.”
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