"I want to just start by making something clear: The point she was actually trying to make was that Donald Trump's stance on immigration will only end up hurting the people that Donald Trump is counting on. I think that's what she was trying to say," Whoopi Goldberg said. "One of the things that happens on live television is you're trying to get your point in and you sometimes step in dog doo. It does not make you a racist...Sometimes your head works faster than your mouth. It happens."
Goldberg added, "If you've ever met a racist, it's pretty clear."
Osbourne offered an aggressive apology via Facebook Tuesday afternoon.
Raven-Symoné also defended Osbourne amid widespread backlash, telling her fellow co-hosts, "I'm best friends with Kelly. We're growing a friendship closer and closer every day. I know her mother [Sharon Osbourne] and I don't think she'd be a racist if she was friends with me. Do you know what I'm saying?"
Goldberg joked, "I'm darker than you!"