Howie Mandel reacts to Meghan Markle’s ‘Deal or No Deal’ woes

Howie Mandel, the previous host of “Deal or No Deal,” has weighed in on Meghan Markle‘s dissatisfaction with her NBC days. In an interview with Us Weekly, the television personality said he understands where Markle is coming from.

“I get it because — and I’ve by no means mentioned this earlier than — that they had this pyramid of 26 lovely, clever girls standing there simply watching me like I used to be a bit of meat,” Mandel mentioned in an interview revealed Thursday. “I was in the center, just dressed up in a suit and I felt like, ‘I am more than this.’”

Mandel, who hosted the NBC present from 2005 to 2019, mentioned he “felt like nothing” on the collection, prompting his transfer to “America’s Got Talent.” In a current episode of her “Archetypes” podcast, Meghan revealed that modeling with a suitcase on “Deal or No Deal” made her really feel like a “bimbo” with “all looks and little substance.”

Shortly after her feedback, the Duchess of Sussex acquired criticism from “The View” co-host Whoopi Goldberg.

“I don’t think that the people who are sitting there are thinking about you like that. They’re thinking, ‘I want the money,’” Goldberg said last week.

Goldberg added that Meghan’s unfavourable expertise with “Deal or No Deal” would possibly simply include the territory.

“When you’re a performer, you take the gig. Sometimes, you’re in a ‘Bozo’ suit, sometimes you got a big nose, and this is just the way it is,” Goldberg mentioned. “We’re not journalists. We’re actors. We’re trying to get to another place. And you [Meghan] left and that was your prerogative. I feel bad because I don’t think people were looking at the girls like this.”

Howie Mandel, middle, on the set of “Deal or No Deal” posing with Meghan Markle, far proper, and different fashions.

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Equally, “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” star Claudia Jordan, who was additionally a briefcase mannequin on the present, criticized Meghan. On her Instagram tales final week, Jordan mentioned “Deal or No Deal NEVER treated us like bimbos. We got so many opportunities because of that show, Fremantle and @nbc.”

Mandel instructed Us Weekly that “Deal or No Deal” was a “great workplace environment” and that Meghan, a former “Suits” star, was merely speaking about “what was going on in her mind.”

“Some people show up at an office and don’t feel good about it and decide to change careers,” he mentioned. “I don’t think she’s maligning ‘Deal or No Deal.’”

He added that he heard of no complaints from the ladies on the present and that they have been “a lot more intelligent and more accomplished than I ever was.” He then title dropped former “Deal or No Deal” figures — together with Jordan and Chrissy Teigen — who went on to pursue different alternatives after their time on the present.

“I don’t think Megan is complaining. I think Megan just said she wanted to do more,” he added. “It wasn’t fulfilling for her.”

Mandel added that he simply merely doesn’t “know why there is a big hoopla” across the duchess’ feedback and that he too felt “like a bimbo” on the present.

“When you’re gorgeous like me, that just comes with the job,” he quipped.

Instances workers author Nardine Saad contributed to this report.