Whoopi Goldberg on the View: ‘I take a paycheck. I could give a sh-t what comes.’

It seems like there’s some sort of drama with The View’s co-host panel every few years. There was that huge fight between Rosie O’Donnell and Elisabeth Hasselbeck in 2007 over the Iraq war, with Rosie’s feelings getting hurt and causing her to quit when Elisabeth wouldn’t apologize. Prior to that there was a big thing with Star Jones getting fired, with Barbara Walters later calling Star “greedy” because she was getting freebies for her wedding by plugging companies on air. Apart from some fights with guests and among panel members, I guess things have been semi-stable for a while, but that’s about to change. Elisabeth Hasselbeck has been fired for being too right wing and extreme and Joy Behar is retiring. You just get the impression that there’s a lot of bad feelings on that show and that Barbara Walters is a lousy boss. Whoopi Goldberg kind of confirmed that, hilariously:

“Let me tell you this about The View: I take a paycheck every other week. That’s all I do. I could give a sh-t what comes. I do my job — I have a contract. That’s where I stand. I don’t give a f-ck,” Goldberg said.

When producers announce replacements for Hasselbeck and Joy Behar (the co-host recently announced she’s leaving the program after 16 years), Goldberg promised she will be courteous as ever. “I try to,” she said. “Whatever y’all want. Just make sure my check doesn’t bounce!”

Goldberg added that she’s not involved in any casting decisions. “I don’t care. That’s not my job,” she explained. “My job is to show up and be cute by 11 o’clock and get the f-ck off that show by 12. And that’s what I try to do.”

The EGOT winner said she plugs her ears when people discuss rumored replacements for her co-hosts. “I think it’s the only way to keep your sanity because these are not decisions that I get to make,” Goldberg told Us. “It ain’t my show. It’s Barbara’s show.”

[From US Weekly]

That’s one way to deal with a job you don’t like to do, just get in and get out. It’s a pretty sweet job if you look at it the way Whoopi does and don’t get caught up in the drama. She reportedly makes $2 million a year and all she has to do is show up for an hour every weekday and talk about stuff. Whoopi has admitted that she was broke back in 2007 when The View recruited her to replace Rosie O’Donnell. She said “I’m not ashamed to say I need help” and admitted she was begging for auditions before she got that gig. I remember when Whoopi was the sh-t in the late 80s and early 90s and when she made so many movies funny and watchable. She’s still a spitfire and she knows what she has to do to keep the money flowing.

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  1. eileen says:

    I don’t agree with much of anything she says on the View, but I still LOVE me some Whoopi! I LOVED Jumping Jack Flash.

    • Eve says:

      I LOVE “Jumping Jack Flash”!!!

      And even though I disagree with (many) things Goldberg says during interviews (because I have never watched The View), she’s still my favourite thing about “Ghost”.

      Seriously, this never gets old:


      • eileen says:

        ITA! Me and my kids watched ‘Ghost’ last weekend (I’m forcing them to watch all the classic 80/90’s movies) and I was thinking how awesome she was in that movie. She stole it.

      • Lizzie K says:

        Eve and Eileen, totally agree about “Ghost.” Whoopie is the ONLY reason to watch that movie … well, her and the cheeseball demons who come to take the bad guy away.

        I LOVE Oda Mae! “Damn, baby, what’d you do to your hair?” “You like it, Orlando? It’s ‘Autumn Sunrise!'”


      • Eve says:

        No, really, we can spend the whole day talking about Goldberg in that movie.

        The scene at the bank? Priceless. After they leave the bank and she’s supposed to give the check to charity? That had me in stitches.

      • Lizzie K says:

        Yep, she is hysterical, beginning to end. Dumb movie supposed to be a romantic thriller or something, and it is totally a demented comedy because of the Whoopster.

      • Arock says:

        And she’s smart. She’s a benefit to any show that has a forum.

  2. Marianne says:

    I still think its kind of ridiculous for getting rid of Elizabeth for being “too right wing”. The show is supposed to be about women with different opinions and views on things. It makes sense to be as diverse as possible.

    • Arock says:

      she wasnt pushed out because she was too “right wing”. She was pushed out because she was insufferable, willfully uninformed, obnoxious (her sour little face and triumphant hair flips would have sent me over the couch at her) and a dent in what ever credability the view would have. Using “more words, more loud” school of debate, which really isn’t debate- it makes you sound stupid and infantile.
      The couple if times I saw her I put on my Ron Swanson face and wanted to punch the tv.

      • MonicaQ says:

        This. If she could offer a valid opinion or something to a conversation, she probably would’ve stayed. Instead she just just talked and talk and talk and the loudest thing she had was the hallow sound of her words. All sound and fury signifying nothing in the end.

      • Jules says:

        I don’t get how she is insufferable but the others aren’t? HA! They are all the most obnoxious, unappealing, unwatchable group of shrieking shrews I have ever seen in my life. I don’t want to see any of them ever again.

      • Jo 'Mama' Besser says:

        Yup. Quite an achievement to be Queen Of The Harpies on that show, but she made it. Here’s your crown, Queen Of The Harpies.

    • lem says:

      if she had been an intelligent conservative, i would completely agree with you. but she was an idiot who couldn’t back up “her opinions” with facts or logic. they should replace her with an intelligent conservative woman to retain the mixture of opinions on the show.

      • Marianne says:

        Its fine if you dont like her. But the article says that she was fired for being “too right wing” not for being insufferable. My comments were about that.

      • Jules says:

        So why is Sherri “The World Is Flat” Shepherd still on there? Clearly the only thing that annoys you is ideology, not stupidity. Double standards as usual.

    • ol cranky says:

      I’m sure that she was pushed out because the target audience found her off-putting. If her politics or other aspects of her life were to the liking of the target audience for the show, they’d have done everything they could to keep her around

  3. andy says:

    Have you ever watched The View?

    It’s obvious none of them give a shit.

    • Jo Darby says:

      Which is the correct terminology! Surely it’s ‘I couldn’t give a shit.’ As in I’m so not fussed it’s not even worth a shit, as opposed to ‘I could give a shit.’

  4. Yvette says:

    I had such a crush on her when I was little. I shaved my eyebrows to be just like her, they still haven’t grown back:)

    • Hakura says:

      LOL, like… seriously? xD I always wondered if they *do* grow back (or how they’d know to *stop* growing, if they do… >.>). Man, today is just one of those days for me. n_n

  5. tracking says:

    I’m disappointed in Whoopi. What a sellout. On the rare occasions I watch that show, she seems totally checked out.

    • jaye says:

      C’mon, the woman was broke and needed a paycheck. What would YOU have done, starve on principle? I think many of us would have done the same if it meant keeping a roof over our heads and food in our stomachs. Shoot…I hate the job I have right now, but it’s that or starve and be homeless. I’d rather eat and have a comfortable place to lay my head at night. Sellout my left buttcheek.

  6. Aud says:

    They are all sellouts on that show. That show, and others like it, are so commercial, all about pushing products to the audience. Whether it’s yet another crappy book, lame gadget and so on.
    I can’t believe Americans watch such crap.

  7. Zigggy says:

    Love her, the only one on the View I relate to at all.

  8. smee says:

    I think she has the EXACT right attitude about her job. She shows up and does it. She doesn’t get involved in the parts she’s not paid to be involved with (i.e. casting) and she doesn’t run her mouth to the press.

    I am impressed that a not-too-pretty woman of color is given the chance to be on national television every day to speak her mind. I hope they keep her. And getting rid of that right wing puppet was the best thing they ever did. I will miss Joy……

  9. Sam says:

    The little bit I’ve seen of the View, Whoopi seems to be the only co-host who actually is TRYING to think. She’s made some statements I totally disagree with, but I can appreciate that she’s at least trying to discuss stuff. I used to love when she used to get incredulous when Sherri Shephard would say something stupid. Priceless.

    • Apsutter says:

      Sherri is so damned stupid. I loved Whoopi’s aghast faces she would pul when Sherri says something completely ludicrous. You get the feeling that Whoopi is horrified that Sherri is up there with her speaking for black women.

  10. janie says:

    Love Whoopi! Can’t stand Elizabeth… Glad she is leaving. She talked over Barbie last week & was told to wait? She did not & continued on? I knew that day she was done.

  11. NorthernGirl_20 says:

    I was a fan of Whoopi and was excited when she got a spot on The View. I don’t watch it often as I work during the day. And then she made the it wasn’t “rape – rape” comment and now I just can’t.

  12. Rachel says:

    I don’t watch the show. All I know about it is what I read on here. However, regardless of what happens on air or what the media writes about the show, I think it’s very unprofessional to speak this way about your job. She didn’t directly bad mouth the show, but she does sound very ungrateful. Other celebrities have been lambasted on here for similar attitudes.

    • mike says:

      All she’s said was that she does her job and doesn’t care to get involved in any workplace drama, albeit in a folksy, expletive-laden way. Par for the course in the show biz.

      Which celebs exactly have been lambasted for saying the above?

    • evyn says:

      How is she being ungrateful? It’s true that it is not her job to carr about such things. She is not in charge of anything. Let the people being paid more $$$ than her field those questions. She has a contract, but once it expires, she is just as expendable as the other hosts who have passed through.

  13. spinner says:

    Don’t watch the view but I love Whoopi. Her voice is mesmerizing. Loved her on Star Trek. She & Patrick Stewart had a thing going on.

    • MonicaQ says:

      +1 million.

      Before I ever heard of something called ‘shipping’ or w/e, as a kid I’m like, “OMG WHOOPI BE HIS BOYFRIEND.”

    • jaye says:

      From what I remember, they didn’t date, they were/are really good friends.

      • Ali says:

        I believe spinner was speaking about the intimate vibe between the two characters as opposed to being literal. Although, not everything happened on screen, so who are we to say that Guinan never gave Picard a little taste after Ten-Forward closed for the night.

  14. Dhavynia says:

    How I miss those Ted Danson days lol

    She should get more just for staying true to herself

  15. MonicaQ says:

    She shows up, does her job, and leaves. Pretty much how I do my job. Why take it home with you? Why bring home to work? How you gotta be imo. When she is doing her job thou, I appreciate it–she lays some smack and throws some shade and even if I don’t like all of it, I’m happy she does.

  16. RHONYC says:

    i love Whoopi.

    i love her badass.

    i love her minimal style.

    i love her HAIR!!!

    so dope. :mrgreen:

    • Hakura says:

      I didn’t really think about it until reading another’s comment earlier, but she really does stand out.

      The fact that she’s probably not wearing make up, does her own hair & wears her own clothes? You *never* see that, period. She’s on there for her brain, pure & simply, which I think should be respected in & of itself.

  17. Talie says:

    They really need to clean house on this show… the entire cast sucks right now. The show is unwatchable and Whoopi, your lack of giving a sh-t really shows.

  18. ycnan says:

    I used to watch the view and I absolutely despise whoopi. She is so full of herself it’s sickening. And the whole it wasn’t rape rape. Oh my god. I had to stop watching because of her and that one from survivor.

    Oh and those comments are so low class. You don’t have to like where you work, but to make those comments, don’t act like you are taking the high road. She is basically saying she hates it there.

    • jaye says:

      Yeah, there are a LOT of things she says where I’m just like “oh Whoopi”, but I do like her overall and absent her comments about rape and Mel Gibson, I like her overall. A lot of times she gives thoughtful and levelheaded opinions.

  19. Anna says:

    This honesty is so refreshing. Acting is a JOB. Celebrity personality is a JOB. it doesnt have to define your whole universe and you don’t have to live as a character, or justify every gig with some higher purpose of how it will change the world, or ART.

  20. lucy2 says:

    I completely agree with her in terms of not worrying about things that aren’t part of her job, but it kind of sounds like she doesn’t care about it at all and it’s nothing more than a paycheck. If that’s true, that’s kind of sad, because (as stupid as I think the show is) she is in a position to have her voice heard and gets paid a lot for minimal work. That’s a very privileged position to be in.

    I’m always amazed when people who work as steadily as she’s been end up broke. I guess bad management or over spending, but it’s always surprising to hear.

  21. Agnes says:

    I’ve never seen The View, but her response is freaking hilarious.

  22. truetalk says:

    I adoooore Whoopi!. I don’t think she would have stayed on the show if she didn’t need the money. I think her statement is because she probably hate herself a little for staying on and this attitude is the only thing stopping her from telling them to shove it.

  23. F5 says:

    ..and it shows.