Whoopi Goldberg Has Taken Aim At A New York Times Reporter For Describing The Oscar Winner As A "Troublemaker" In A "Dopey" Article Addressing The Multiple Line-up Changes On Her U.s. Talk Show The View.
The Ghost star, who joined the female-focused TV panel in 2007, was offended by Laura M. Holson's commentary piece, titled, The View: TV's Most Dysfunctional Family, which detailed the many celebrities who have served as co-hosts on the daytime programme and referenced their various personality and behavioural traits.
Holson labelled comedienne Rosie O'Donnell and reality TV contestant Elisabeth Hasselbeck "squabbling siblings", while she called model/actress Jenny MCCarthy "the provocateur" and funnywoman Sherri Shepherd "the wacky cousin", and claimed Goldberg was "the family troublemaker... always ready to pick a fight".
The movie star took offence and called out the writer during Monday's (16Mar15) episode of The View, accusing Holson of damaging her reputation with her unfounded gossip.
Without referring to Holson by name, Goldberg said, "There was a dopey article written by some woman in the New York Times yesterday and she impugned my reputation. She said I was a troublemaker and started fights. Now lady, I don't start fights. Oftentimes I will finish them, but I don't start fights."
She went on to blast the reporter for bringing up old news instead of discussing the current The View line-up, which also features actress Rosie Perez.
She continued, "It would have been nice if you'd addressed us, The View as we are, and not go on into the back hills to muckrake. Perhaps you don't know, but I'm really a halfway decent person; that's why you don't hear much about me (in gossip columns)...
"So, unless you can prove stuff, don't write what you can't prove. If you had shown one instance where what you'd said was true, I would be saying nothing, but it wasn't true and I don't like being impugned that way. I'm sorry, I don't like it and I find addressing it is better for me... Peace and love to us all. Get your facts right."