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Meghan Markle's former "Deal or No Deal" co-star, the "Real Housewives of Atlanta" star Claudia Jordan, has fired back at her claims that she was reduced to a bimbo on the game show. During Wednesday's podcast, Meghan said she and the other women on the show were there for looks only and not brains.

Meghan, who appeared on 34 episodes of the show's second season between 2006 and 2007, said she left because she felt she was being objectified. The Duchess of Sussex stated she was forced to get regular spray tans and to wear a padded bra, and that her stay on the show made her feel not smart. She added that it was all about looks, Daily Mail reported.

According to Meghan, there were times when she was on the set of "Deal or No Deal." She was thinking back to her time when she worked as an intern at the U.S. Embassy in Argentina, Buenos Aires. She was in the motorcade with the secretary of the Treasury and was being valued specifically for her brain, Daily Mail reported.

Royal biographer Angela Levin stated that the very attractive Duchess didn't have to take the job and could have said no. She added that the fact Meghan chose to do it meant that she wanted to do it.

Claudia slammed Meghan for her statements saying that the show never treated them like bimbos and it helped provide multiple opportunities for them. In clearer terms, she said being in a modeling gig on a game show had nothing to do with one's intelligence. However, for every show the executive producers chose five models with the most outgoing and delightful personalities to place mics on, who they knew would engage with the contestants. Claudia added that they were just required to show up and not engage, then they would get their checks but nothing more substantial. "But if you deliver and seize your moments, there are no limits to what you can do with the opportunity," she added.

Elle magazine reported that while Meghan has kept the focus of her "Archetypes" discussions largely on her interview subjects, she also revealed her hopes for her daughter Lili briefly during the conversation. “I want my Lili to want to be educated and want to be smart and to pride herself on those things,” Meghan said. She added she didn't wish for Lili to feel the need to dumb herself down.

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Meghan was born on Aug. 4, 1981, in Los Angeles to Thomas, who is white, and her mother Doria Ragland, who is Black. At the time, the rule was that if one parent was white, the child would be assigned the race of the other parent. Chris Jackson/Getty Images

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