Who knew showering was such a hot-button topic? After inciting controversy on Tuesday, Jan. 13, with her remark that showering daily is "such a white people thing," Naya Rivera attempted to wash away some of her bad karma with an apology.
The Glee star, 28, returned to the scene of the crime — The View — as a guest host on Wednesday, Jan. 14, and offered a mea culpa to viewers who took offense to her previous comments.
"Showering. Biggest topic in pop culture today, in my opinion. Thanks to me, unfortunately," she quipped during the show's Hot Topics segment. "Yesterday, we were talking about a study that says you're supposed to shower once or twice every three days. I had an opinion on it that was supposed to be a joke. Apparently it didn't go over so well."
(That might be an understatement. Viewers took Rivera to task for the offhand remark, sharing their own opinions of her opinion on Twitter. "When YOU tell the world YOU shower every 3 days that says more about YOU not us Naya Rivera," one person wrote, adding that "some things are better left unsaid.")
Rivera claimed on Wednesday that she was kidding at the time, saying, "It was supposed to be a joke, but I apologize if anyone was offended." She went on to quote some of the tweets she'd received, including one from user @retiredfilth that said, "Now white people gonna think we don't shower cuz of Naya Rivera."
The View co-host Nicolle Wallace, for one, said the actress deserved a break. "Back off of Naya," Wallace told viewers. "She's very clean."
Fellow co-host Rosie O'Donnell piped in, too, saying she'd read something about how "doctors say that you should take a bath" anyway. "Thank you, that's what I do," she quipped.
Guest host Samantha Ponder was appalled. "No. A bath? You sit in your own filth when you take a bath!" she protested, prompting Wallace to joke, "Oh my god, you're gonna be in trouble now, too!"