The ladies of “The View” called out Walmart — one of their show’s sponsors — on Tuesday morning following the company’s response to the Tracy Morgan lawsuit. Morgan filed suit earlier this summer after a traffic accident involving one of the retail giant’s trucks left the comedian seriously injured and another man dead.
Walmart says Morgan should have been wearing his seat belt.
“Walmart is one of our sponsors and sometimes, when we take issue with our sponsors, we always have to say, ‘hey we know you’re our sponsor, we respect you, but this is an interesting story and that’s why we’re telling it,’” Whoopi Goldberg said, setting up the “Hot Topic” segment.
“It feels a little bizarre to me because even if they had been wearing their seatbelts, it doesn’t explain how that giant truck ended up hitting them and killing a man,” Goldberg continued.
Morgan has been a guest on “The View” twice. Co-host Rosie Perez offered the 45-year-old entertainment words of encouragement, saying, “It was such a tragedy. He lost a dear friend. Tracy Morgan is such a sweet person and I just want to wish him well.”
Kevin Roper, the Walmart employee driving the truck involved in this crash, pleaded not guilty to criminal charges in June that include vehicular homicide and assault by auto.
“These truck drivers are trying to make a living,” Goldberg added. “They don’t want to have an accident either and sometimes, stuff happens.”
Rosie O’Donnell called on changes to be made in the trucking profession.
“They work so hard, these drivers, and they don’t really have fair hours and fair time to rest,” O’Donnell said. “Maybe we need a truck drivers union.”
The International Brotherhood of Teamsters represents the freight drivers of North America. The labor union has more than 1.4 million members.
Watch the video from Tuesday morning’s “The View” above.