Howie Mandel Defends Meghan Markle’s ‘Deal or No Deal’ Comments

Howie Mandel doesn’t understand why Meghan Markle got so much backlash for saying she was reduced to a “bimbo” during “Deal or No Deal”.

The former game show host has defended the Duchess of Sussex, saying she’s not bashing the show, but rather expressing how she feels.

“I’ve never really heard anyone complain and I don’t think Meghan does,” the 66-year-old said. Tells Us Weekly in an article published Thursday. “I think Meghan just said she wanted to do more. It wasn’t fulfilling for her.

“So I don’t know why there’s a big hype, except I have to say that me, standing with 26 women staring at me, I felt like a bimbo,” he added.

The TV personality – who previously revealed he didn’t remember Markle on the game show – went on to say he could relate to where the 41-year-old was coming from after having similar feelings during his four years on the show.

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Howie Mandel has defended Meghan Markle’s ‘Deal or No Deal’ comments.
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“I understand because – I’ve never said this before – but they had this pyramid of 26 beautiful, intelligent women standing there looking at me like I was a piece of meat,” he continued. . “I was in the middle, just wearing a suit and I felt like I was more than that. And they were just staring at me and I had nothing to do.

Although Mandel said he felt ‘nothing’ during the iconic game show, he assured that ‘it was a great working environment’.

Mandel hosted the show for four years.

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Mandel hosted the show for four years.

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Markle got into hot water earlier this month after saying on her podcast, ‘Archetypes’, that she quit the now-defunct game show because she was ‘much more than objectified. on the scene”.

“I didn’t like feeling pressured to be all appearance and little substance, and that’s how I felt at the time to be reduced to this specific archetype: the word ‘bimbo’,” she said.

Following his controversial comments, social media users, former employees of the show and even Whoopi Goldberg has spoken out against her claims.

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Markle felt like she was reduced to a “bimbo” while working on the game show.
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The ‘View’ co-host dismissed Markle’s claims, saying taking jobs seemingly below you is just part of show business.

When you’re an artist, you take the gig,” she said on the talk show. “You take the gig. Sometimes you wear a Bozo costume, sometimes you have a big nose, and that’s it.

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