9 Outrageous Whoopi Goldberg Moments on ‘The View’ (Videos)
With reports that the star may exit the ABC daytime talker, TheWrap looks back at her most memorable moments
Reid Nakamura | May 3, 2016 @ 4:03 PM
Last Updated: May 3, 2016 @ 4:25 PM
Defending Bill Cosby
When actress Barbara Bowman came forward in 2014 accusing Bill Cosby of rape, Goldberg expressed skepticism and came to his defense. "I’m going to reserve my judgments because I have a lot of questions,” she said.
Clash with Carly Fiorina
When 2016 presidential candidate Carly Fiorina appeared on “The View” after calling the hosts out for making fun of her looks, Goldberg accused her of manufacturing a “fake feud” to raise her own profile. Fiorina quickly shot back that the show was doing the same by promoting the highly anticipated interview.
In 2010, when “The View” played host to Fox News star Bill O’Reilly, Goldberg and co-host Joy Behar famously walked off the show. The conversation erupted into a shouting match when O’Reilly said, “Muslims killed us on 9/11.” Behar said she couldn’t sit next to O’Reilly because she was so “outraged,” and was joined in her walk-off by Goldberg.
Arguing racism with Rosie O’Donnell
When Rosie O’Donnell returned to “The View” in 2014, rumors swirled about tension between the two comics. One of their frequent on-air clashes came in December when Goldberg told O’Donnell she can’t understand racism as a white woman. “Listen, you are a white lady telling me what is racist to you, which is fine,” said a heated Goldberg, but she was adamant that only someone who has experienced it first-hand knows what racism is.
“No, honey, I’m famous”
After an awkward interview with cranky actress-model Cara Delevingne went viral, the hosts of “The View” chastised the starlet for being a “bitch,” and told her to suck it up. Goldberg argued that as a “newbie” who isn’t a famous actress, Delevingne has no right to act like a diva. And when co-host Michelle Collins interjected to say that Delevingne is someone famous, Goldberg informed her: “No, honey, I'm famous.”
Goldberg clashed with Donald Trump long before he was a serious presidential candidate. In 2011, Goldberg accused the real estate mogul of racism when he demanded to see President Barack Obama’s birth certificate, saying he’d never ask that of a white president. “I think that’s the biggest pile of dog mess I’ve heard in ages,” said Goldberg when Trump assured her it had nothing to do with race.
It’s OK for men to hit women … sometimes
When video surfaced of NFL player Ray Rice assaulting his wife, leading to widespread condemnation, Goldberg offered defense. “If you hit somebody, you cannot be sure you’re not going to be hit back,” she said to strong disagreement from her co-hosts.
Not one to shy away from a debate around race, Goldberg went head-to-head with conservative author Ann Coulter when she appeared on “The View” to argue that liberals don’t care about black people. “Please stop,” Goldberg told Coulter. “If you’re going to talk about race, at least know what you’re talking about.”
Lecturing Candace Cameron Bure on abortion
The conservative star of Netflix’s “Fuller House,” Candace Cameron Bure caught flak when she backed the defunding of Planned Parenthood. “It used to be all about the hanger,” Goldberg said. “And in the old days, the reason abortion became legal, just in case folks don’t remember, is because people got tired of tripping over women who gave themselves abortions in the bathroom, you know, or went to people who gave them Clorox to drink.”