Actress Naya Rivera of ‘Glee’ raised a few eyebrows when she shared her thoughts on the showering habits of various races while co-hosting “The View” on Tuesday. The Puerto Rican and African America actress returned to the show on Wednesday and explained that her commits were simply intended to be a joke and apologized if anyone had taken them too seriously.

Rivera’s comments were sparked on Tuesday by co-host Nicole Wallace’s admission that she sometimes showers up to three times a day.

“I have to say I have a theory about showering, (which) is that I think that white people shower a lot more than ethnics,” Rivera responded. “I feel like showering more than once a day or every day is such a white people thing.”

The comments from the mixed-race actress seemed to send shock waves through some members of the show’s audience. Co-host Rosie O’Donnell even pointed out one particularly stunned looking audience member,  “Look, there is an African-American woman right there in a yellow shirt that is about to have a heart attack.”

The actress continued by comparing her own showering habits to that of her white husband Ryan Dorsey. “I can say that I am now married to a white man and he showers a lot,” she said. “Like, a lot — two, three times a day. I’m like, ‘What are you doing?'”

“A study says, dermatologists say, you are only supposed to shower once or twice every three days,” she continued, “so I’m right on the mark.”

The actress, who apparently got a lot of heat on social media Tuesday night, returned to the show the next day to clarify her remarks for those who couldn’t tell that she was blatantly joking.

“Yesterday we were talking about a study that says you’re supposed to shower once or twice every three days,” she said. “I had an opinion on it that was supposed to be a joke. Apparently it didn’t go over so well.”

“It was supposed to be a joke but I apologize if anyone was offended,” she said. “However, I’m very excited that it sparked a big conversation about how many times you should shower.”


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