Singer Michelle Williams took former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee to task on U.S. Tv on Thursday (22Jan15) after he publicly criticised her former Destiny's Child bandmate Beyonce and her husband Jay Z in his new book.

The ex-Fox News presenter, who is considering running for U.S. President in 2016, blasted the hip-hop power couple in God, Guns, Grits and Gravy, claiming Beyonce is "incredibly talented" but should leave her "explicit moves... for the privacy of her bedroom".

He also referred to Jay Z as a "very shrewd businessman", but alleged he is "arguably crossing the line from husband to pimp by exploiting his wife as a sex object".

His comments infuriated the couple's fans and Williams came to her pal's defence when she sat in as a guest co-host on U.S. daytime show The View on Thursday and found herself face-to-face with interviewee Huckabee.

The Republican attempted to clear up his statements on the show, insisting he always thought Beyonce was an "amazing singer", but claimed she did not need to record sexually-suggestive songs like Partition and Drunk In Love "to be an amazing and effective talent".

Stepping up to defend her "amazing" friend, Williams stated, "As someone who has definitely come up in a group with her, has seen her hard work and who she is, I just feel like that album (the self-titled Beyonce) and those songs, it was that one moment where she decided to probably do some songs she has always wanted to do to shed that 'I'm a good girl' (image). She had some freedom and she owned it and she took it.

"I was definitely offended (by Huckabee's comments) - I'm not the Carter (family) spokesperson - but to hear some of those comments that you said, I thought were very, very low."