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Raven Symone Defend’s “Planet of the Ape” Comment about Michelle Obama

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Actress Raven-Symone attends the Outfest 2015 Fusion Gala screening and Q&A of “Empire” at American Cinematheque’s Egyptian Theatre on March 13, 2015 in Hollywood, Calif.
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Actress Raven-Symoné generated a fresh round of controversy on Monday when she defended former Univision anchor Rodner Figueroa for a racially charged joke he made at first lady Michelle Obama’s expense.

Figueroa quipped that Michelle Obama looked like she was in the cast of “Planet of the Apes” during a make-up segment on “El Gordo Y la Flaca.”

While appearing as a guest host on the syndicated talk show “The View,” Symoné – who is African-American – said the controversy over Figueroa’s remarks were much ado about nothing.

RELATED: Univision talk show host has been fired for making derogatory comments about Michelle Obama during a popular television show

“I don’t think he was saying it racist,” Symoné told her fellow panelists. “Not Michelle Obama. Michelle, don’t fire me from this right now, but some people do look like animals,” she added.

“Is that rude? I look like a bird… so can I be mad at somebody that calls me Toucan Sam?” Symoné joked.

This is not the first time the former Disney and “Cosby Show” star has made remarks on race that might rub some viewers the wrong way. During a sit-down with Oprah Winfrey last year, the actress generated considerable controversy when she said she rejected cultural labels like “gay” or “African-American.”

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Rodner Figueroa accepts the award for outstanding daytime talent in Spanish for “El Gordo y la Flaca”€ at the 41st annual Daytime Emmy Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on June 22, 2014, in Beverly Hills, Calif.
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