Despite many controversies when hosting View over the years, Whoopi Goldberg has said the only time she’s been canceled hasn’t stemmed from her time on the daytime talk show. Goldberg, who has co-hosted the ABC series since 2007, said The New York Times magazine that she suffered a massive backlash and career setback long before her move to the Hot Topics table.
Goldberg told the Times Magazine in a profile posted Wednesday (September 28) that his joke delivered at a John Kerry fundraiser in 2004 dealt a blow to his work and image, leading to loss of sponsorship and crumbling relationships with friends , who avoided him in public.
The comedian claimed she delivered a bit of PG on President George W. Bush, but her comments were sensationalized in the press. Goldberg was vilified for her “X-rated rant full of sexual innuendo against President Bush,” but those outlets didn’t actually print the joke that ended up getting her in hot water.
“Do you know why they couldn’t print what I said?” Goldberg asked the TimesMagazine. “Because I didn’t say anything wrong.”
She recalled her joke to the Time, paraphrasing: “I love the bush. Someone is giving Bush a bad name. So let’s get it out and everybody get out and vote.
She added: “I might have said:”[Expletive] – so go ahead and [expletive] vote.’ But to hear them talk about it, I was disgusting.
When the Time Goldberg’s joke being fact-checked, they found it to contain no swear words and “was as tame as she remembered”.
Goldberg admitted Time“I mean, I did some stuff, but I didn’t do what they said I did. And I’ll take whatever you’re mad at for what I did. But you can’t accuse me of shit I didn’t do.
While his Bush blunder is long over, Goldberg has had his fair share of new controversies, the most recent of which landed him a two-week suspension from View after suggesting that the Holocaust was not about race. Goldberg later apologized for her comments, saying, in part, “Words matter, and mine are no exception.”
New York Post