‘The Talk’ Host Eve Claps Back After Nicki Minaj’s Kingdom Fans Come for Her

Eve said her comments stemmed from her present-day situation

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Eve replaced Aisha Tyler on “The Talk.” (Cindy Ord/Getty Images for Malaikla10)

Rapper Eve has been forced to clarify her comments about Nicki Minaj after fans criticized her for being hypocritical. The newest host of CBS’ “The Talk” said on the show Wednesday that she respects the star as a lyricist. However, Eve indicated she didn’t think a sex-themed shoot was appropriate in a world where sexual assault is front-page news.

“But as a woman, from my point of view, personally, I would not be able to do that,” Eve said Nov. 15 of the racy “Minaj à Trois” Paper magazine cover. “I think in this climate, it’s not good. I think every artist has a right to express themselves however they want to express themselves and I respect that as well. For me personally, as I started coming up in the business, I started realizing that young girls were looking up to me and younger people were looking up to me, and that, not that you want to be a role model, but … it is what you are.”

“As I’ve gotten older [I’ve] learned I’d just rather be a voice that’s uplifting,” she added. “I can be a voice for those girls that might not have a voice, in a different way without showing myself off…For the Nicki fans, because I know I’m gonna get some tweets from her fans, honey … I love her, respect her. Go women in hip hop. It’s not my thing. I just don’t think it’s right. Personally. Period. That’s it.”

Well, Eve called it and fans instantly tore into her over her past as a stripper, which she took up at 17 to earn money to leave her mother’s house.


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They also called out her leaked sex tape with ex-boyfriend Stevie J, both of which came back to haunt her during her career.

Yet some defended — and even agreed with — the rapper.

However, Eve held her own against the haters.

Eve, who made her debut on the daytime talk show Tuesday, Nov. 14, will likely be discussing more hot topics as the season rolls on.

“We are thrilled to welcome Eve to the table as she brings a fun and fresh perspective to our already diverse panel,” CBS executive of vice president of daytime Angelica McDaniel said in a statement.

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