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Protest Over Ass Comment on "Regis and Kelly"

10/30/2008 8:26 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

A donkey might be a good symbol for the Democratic Party, but that doesn't mean Dominicans want to be compared to one on national TV.
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Here's what went down. Kelly Ripa told a story on Monday about how one of her 37 kids was learning about government and said the elephant represented the Republicans and the donkey represented the Dominicans. Regis then quipped, "She's pretty close." Ay, caramba!

A Dominican-American group is demanding an apology from the show, claiming "host Regis Philbin practically agreed with laughter over what the two thought was a joke."

Dominican-American and Latino leaders will stage a protest outside the ABC studios tomorrow in NYC where the show airs.

Tomato, tomahto, Democrat, Dominican -- let's call the whole thing off!

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jackschitt    

OMG, everyone is so sensitive! Get over it people, it was unintentional and funny.

2152 days ago
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Daniel    

Oh MY god what's the big deal???

2152 days ago
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Alicia    

This whole protest thing is idiotic. It's obvious Regis meant that Ripa's daughter was "pretty close" in her pronunciation. He was in no way making a racist comparison regarding asses and Dominicans, or whatever the hell this group thinks. PC= Pissy Crybabies.

2152 days ago
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Lori    

OHo my goodness she meant nothing by it kids say the funniest things so what---Get over it all ready!!!

2152 days ago
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Gypsy    

The Dominican-American group must not have anything better to do. It's only going to bring more attention to the show. I stopped watching it a few years ago. Just because they want to protest, I'm going to watch the show. Thanks Dominican-Americans!

2152 days ago
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Vamp    

Ok...I didn't see it, but as soon as I read this, I took it to mean "That's pretty close" As in, The kid was pretty close to repeating the right word. Not in the way others seemed to have taken it... I mean you know kids....

Like the mistakes made by tykes learning the Pledge Of Allegiance...."and to the Republic for "Richard Stands", One nation, under "Bob......"

I'm just sayin' :) :) :)

2152 days ago
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mack    

Arent most Dominicans Democrats anyway? why get offended

2152 days ago
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I laugh at other's misfortunes    

F@ck political correctness. And f@ck ANYBODY that protests over something as stupid as this. Will Jesus Jackson be there?

2152 days ago
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Fastfred    

I understand a donkey call up and made a complete ass of itself resenting that it was compared to a ..Dominican !! ykes

2152 days ago
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frogs and gravel    

These people have time to both watch Regis and Kelly and also protest at the ABC studios? Don't Dominicans work?

2152 days ago
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sparkys nemesis    

Ripa's an idiot anyway...she's from southern NJ after all. Busy being skeletal, preening and chipmunky. And she and Reeg often have their little inside jokes.

2152 days ago
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Daniel    

Come down Regis meant that Dominican and Democratic are "pretty close".

2152 days ago
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Laurie    

I saw that show and it was in no way meant to harm anyone. It was about funny things kids say. People need to just get over it. There are so many bad things going on in the world and people pick this to be mad at. PLEASE...... Get a grip

2152 days ago
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Lyrehc    

No matter what was said about anything or anyone, it is time for this show to hit the road. Regis, Kelly and Gelman need to look for "real" jobs and stop wasting air time. Same goes for The View!

2152 days ago
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michelle    

oh wow. what a dumbass joke.
and theyre probably gonna have to apologize for a joke that wasnt even a little bit funny. sucks to be that ugly old guy and that woman with the creepy arms.

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