She said the viewer mischaracterized what Reed had said. "I didn't say that white people couldn't talk about race. Quite the contrary. We think that race is an authentic discussion to have. It's one we're having tonight because it's one you are talking about at home. It has clearly entered the Atlanta mayor's race."
"We do try to keep it real here," she added.
In an interview today. Reed said the show gets social media comments all the time and she responded fairly off the cuff. What she said was not in a teleprompter. And she decided it was appropriate to use the N word at that moment.
"I'm not a fan of the use of the word but on the other hand, I get it. I don't come down on artists and other people who have co-opted it for what they want to use it," Reed said. "That said, if you're going to write me using that word, I don't think it's appropriate for me to censor it for viewers. It's after 9 o'clock. We're talking race. She used it multiple times. There are grown ups at home. They get it."
She did email the viewer back and said thanked her for "making the show." Her complaint was not about being called out. Rather, the woman said she didn't like the fact Reed noted that she had misspelled the N word.
Reed acknowledged the woman's note "ticked me off" but felt her response in the end "came out just right."