Celebs Who Can't Stand Raven-Symoné

After snagging the role of a lifetime on the now infamous television sitcom The Cosby Show, Raven-Symoné took the world by storm. At just the young age of three, she played America's favorite step-granddaughter, Olivia Kendall. After that, she went on to act in hit movies like Dr. Doolittle, The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement, and The Little Rascals. Not stopping at motion pictures, Raven has also appeared in multiple television sitcoms, including the cleverly titled That's So Raven. She earned a spot on The View, performed on Broadway, and even released a few albums. In 2017, she found herself back on Disney Channel's playground with the release of a That's So Raven's spinoff, Raven's Home, which has granted her creative control and added a few directorial credits under her belt. 

Although Raven was able to avoid the "Disney Channel Curse," unlike so many of her unlucky counterparts, that's not to say she steers clear of any and all drama. The View alum still manages to ruffle a few feathers and cannonball into piping hot water every now and again. Here are some of the celebrities who have ended up at odds with Raven. 

The Cheetah Girls weren't always Amigas Cheetahs

Landing the role as the leader of a popular girl group in Disney Channel's The Cheetah Girls, Raven-Symoné triumphed as the headstrong diva Galleria "Bubbles" Garibaldi. The Cheetah Girls movie series, which also starred Adrienne Bailon, Kiely Williams, and Sabrina Bryan, launched worldwide success for the band, and Raven gained rave reviews for her acting and vocal skills. However, Raven left the group before 2008's Cheetah Girls: One World to pursue her solo career. Around that time, rumors of discord between the fantastic four bubbled up (yes, pun intended).

After years of unresolved answers, Raven and Williams hashed out some of the Cheetah Girls' issues over Instagram Live in 2020. According to the Daily Mail, Raven admitted to Williams that she felt left out, before adding, "We have other things that just led up to that moment that just were weird, personal outside of business." She also credited Williams' pot-stirring as a reason for her distance. "I get to talk to you and heal a wound from that time period when we were younger that I probably wouldn't get to do if I didn't understand that you know what, you like to shake s*** up," she said. The two made amends, and a clip of Raven-Symoné from the Instagram Live show turned into a viral meme

Consider that feud squashed, but don't hold your breath for a Cheetah Girls reunion: Williams made it clear on IG Live that she and Bailon still don't get along

Nicolle Wallace questioned Raven-Symoné's level of fame

Raven-Symoné's three-season stint on The View was anything but a walk in the park. Though she's known to put her foot in her mouth at times, there are special moments when someone else sticks it in for her. In this case, it was her Season 18 co-host Nicolle Wallace.

During a 2015 episode of the talk show, the panelists addressed ex-presidential hopeful Ben Carson's decision to no longer take selfies with his fans anymore. According to E!, Raven said, "I mean, I don't have a problem with selfies as long as you ask me first. I actually don't like signing my name anymore because my hand gets a cramp. If you want me to vote for you—" Before Raven could finish, Wallace interrupted to question the validity of her autograph-induced hand cramps.

"Are you that famous?" Wallace asked. Raven laughed it off and said, "That's why I love you! Keep me in check, as you do." Wallace added that she meant Raven must sign "a lot of signatures to get a cramp," and Raven joked that she isn't as famous as she once was. All in good fun, right? Well, maybe not.

After Wallace exited The View in July 2015, In Touchy Weekly (via Classicalite) reported she and Raven allegedly "clashed form the very start" and that it was "so bad that they only speak to each other on air."

T.I. wasn't happy with Raven-Symoné's Instagram post

Rapper Clifford "T.I." Harris Jr. has had his fair share of beef, but even so, his online back-and-forth with Raven-Symoné was unexpected. Taking to Instagram to vent out her frustrations in a now-deleted post, Raven shared a photo of T.I, Jay Z, Diddy, and many others with a caption that read, "A group of so-called "successful black men (minus Khalid racially) who became rich and famous from perpetuating the worst black stereotypes to the ears and eyes of whole planet like drug dealing, pimping, murdering other Black men and disrespecting Black women. I know, making observations is being a hater. Cheers."

Commenters reportedly took Raven to task for the post, and the Raven's Home star eventually deleted it. As she wrote on Instagram in another since-deleted post (via The Grio), she took it down "because the comments were not something I want my underage followers looking at. I'm not deleting because I don't believe in what I said."

Raven wasn't out of the clear just yet. The self-proclaimed "King of the South" took to Instagram to offer his rebuttal to her post. "@ravensymone Our sins ain't no greater than yours ma'am," he wrote. "The air must be thin as hell up there on that high horse you sittin on. Somebody please let me know...WTF up wit shawty?" Just live your life, oh! Ay, ay, ay. Ain't got no time for no haters up on a high horse.

Raven-Symoné's former co-star made some bold claims

After Orlando Brown played the lovable goofball, Eddie Thomas, on Raven-Symoné's hit show, That's So Raven, his personal and legal struggles started to make headlines. As TMZ reported in 2018, Brown has been arrested multiple times, and his battle with addiction has been well-documented

Furthermore, Brown has exhibited questionable behavior when talking about Raven in interviews. In a since-deleted video (via The Shade Room) featuring a self-produced rap song, he claims, "It's like Raven aborted my baby." In another video (via BET), he called her a "b*tch" and told her to "stop trolling" his page. And while speaking with VLADTV, he made claims about his alleged sexual experiences with Raven by using inauspicious noises and humming the hit "MMMBop" by pop-rock band Hanson. Finally, during a December 2018 episode of Dr. Phil (via Newsweek), Brown — who previously got a giant tattoo of Raven on his chest and neck — said he wanted to marry her, adding, "I have to find a way to ask her." 

When ET asked for Raven's take on the ink, she cleverly avoided the question, stating, "The second season of That's So Raven will be coming out July 25th! Bye!" When the TV star realized she mentioned That's So Raven instead of the spinoff, Raven's Home, she laughed and explained that she was thrown off by the interviewer's question. Sounds like Brown won't be making an appearance on Raven's Home anytime soon.

NeNe Leakes didn't like Raven-Symoné's furniture questions

The Real Housewives of Atlanta veteran NeNe Leakes had a few choice words for Raven-Symoné after an appearance on The View. Leakes was there to discuss her role on Broadway as Mama Morton in Chicago, but Raven felt it was more appropriate to talk about her brand new house and furniture— or lack thereof. Leakes was so displeased with her interview that she expressed her feelings in a since-deleted tweet (via VH1), writing, "Just sat down with a bunch of mean girls turning up their noses, looking u up & down as if u don't belong." 

Andy Cohen asked Leakes about the situation on Watch What Happens Live. "I didn't see any of those ladies on the panel until I actually walked on the panel," she started. "And I felt like they weren't kind to me." The Housewife claimed Raven was one of the panelists who was unfriendly toward her, alleging she looked her up and down "real nasty-like." She said the cameras "didn't show everything," and then got in a shady jab: "I know all of them are tired. Their hairstyles are tired. Their makeup is tired. You know, whatever." It's fortunate that Leakes didn't turn into "NayNay" or this could have been a completely different fight.

When E! asked Raven about this drama, she admitted she didn't "understand what happened, but that's her right if she felt that way," chalking it all up to a matter of opinion. "Sorry, girl," Raven said. "My bad."

DeRay McKesson called Raven-Symoné 'uninformed'

When Raven-Symoné said "I'm an American; I'm not an African-American" on a 2014 episode of Oprah: Where Are They Now?, it, as Oprah Winfrey predicted, "set Twitter on fire." The social media platform was in shambles after this interview with Raven hit the internet. 

The the following March, Raven tried to clarify her statement in an E! interview. "I never said I wasn't Black, I said I wasn't African American — to me, that's a difference," Raven said. The Raven's Home star thanked Ancestry.com for providing her with DNA test resultsbefore adding, "I am from every continent in Africa, except for one, and I'm also, I'm from every continent in Europe, except for one." The subject came up again in a July 2015 People interview, where she said, "I don't like labels, but everyone needs them to understand what is going on. So, okay, I get it. Give me 'American.'"

Her comments did not sit well with Black Lives Matter activist DeRay McKesson. In March 2015, he tweeted the aforementioned E! clip, writing, "Raven Symone on Race, Ancestry and Geography. 2015." During an October 2015 VLADTV interview, McKesson addressed Raven's remarks. "Yeah, I don't know her story, right, but what I do know is that like it seems, these statements seem to be deeply uninformed about race," he said. McKesson also shared that he was "surprised that she still has space on The View" and remains "shocked by the statements that she makes." 

Ann Coulter had a comeback at the ready

Another controversial comment strikes again. On a 2015 episode of The View, Ann Coulter stopped by to discuss immigration issues in America. When Coulter stated that settlers "founded America, not immigrants," Raven-Symoné attempted to shut down the conservative pundit. The attempt backfired. According to Vulture, Raven said, "My mom taught me when I was younger, if you don't have anything nice to say, don't say it at all." And then, the Disney Channel star asked, "Why do you think it's important to mudsling?"

"Well, I'm at least talking about policy," Coulter replied. "You have a position on what people's names should be. 'Watermelondrea'...I mean, you'll insult people for their names.  I'm talking about a government policy that affects all Americans and immigrants and people living here and it's harming our country. So you don't follow it."

The political commentator's retort refers to remarks Raven made about workplace discrimination and candidates' names earlier that month. On the October 8, 2015 episode of The View, Raven said, "I'm not about to hire you if your name is Watermelondrea. It's just not gonna happen. I'm not gonna hire you." To no surprise, she received backlash for her comments. Raven issued a statement on her Facebook page, noting that the "comment was in poor taste."

Candace Cameron Bure and Raven-Symoné butted heads

It was the ultimate battle of childhood stars as Raven-Symoné and fellow The View co-host Candace Cameron Bure ignited a fiery feud over a wedding cake in 2015. Although Bure didn't think it was an issue that an Oregon cake shop refused service to a lesbian couple, Raven argued that it was discrimination. 

"I think you are comparing apples to oranges here," the Fuller House star countered. "I don't think this is discrimination at all, this is about freedom of association, it's about constitutional rights, it's about First Amendment rights." As Bure went on about having the freedom to "choose who we associate with," Raven said, "I refuse to associate myself with you right now."

Bure claimed that the "actual ceremony," not the couple's sexual orientation, was what "conflicted with [the bakery owner's] religious beliefs." Raven pointed out that "sexual orientation also goes hand-in-hand with marriage in that situation." She went on to say that "If it was a man and a woman and one was Black and one was white and they [were] discriminated against," the Constitution would "take care of this family as well."

Bure seems to have no hard feelings. "I was pleased with, you know, how I handled myself," she told HuffPost Live in 2015. "I'll always fight for religious freedoms." Raven has yet to comment, but it is worth noting that at the time of writing, she does not follow Bure on Instagram. Bure, however, does follow Raven.