Whoopi Goldberg Apologises For Using A Slur On The View

Whoopi Goldberg has apologised for using a racial slur on The View.
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Whoopi Goldberg has apologised for using a racial slur on The View.

The Sister Act actress, 67, has been one of the co-hosts of the chat show since 2007.

The programme features women from all different industries discussing prominent points in the news, along with entertainment segments and interviewing guests.

The show is no stranger to controversial moments and now the 67-year-old has been forced to apologise for her recent choice of words.

Watch the shocking moment Whoopi Goldberg uses the slur below…

In an episode of The View, the panel discuss Donald Trump’s 2020 presidential election – which he lost to President Joe Biden.

After his defeat, the former Apprentice host claimed that the election was rigged and that he got cheated out of winning.

This led to Goldberg saying on the show: “People who still believe that he got, you know, gyp*** somehow.”

The word gyp*** is derived from the word ‘gypsy’, which is recognised as a derogatory term towards Romani people due to its negative connotations.

Following Goldberg’s comment, people reached out to the show on social media to point out that her language was inappropriate.

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One person tweeted the show directly and said: “Please don’t use gyp*** Whoopi.”

This tweet was accompanied by an NPR that provides context to the term and why it is deemed offensive.

After Goldberg was called out for the comment, The View shared a video on Twitter of the actress apologising for her language.

In the clip, the Ghost star says: “You know, when you’re a certain age, you use words that you know from when you’re a kid or you remember saying, and that’s what I did today, and I shouldn’t have.

“I should have thought about it a little longer before I said it, but I didn’t, and I should have said ‘cheated’, and I used another word, and I’m really, really sorry.”

This is not the first time that Goldberg has found herself in trouble for her comments on The View.

A petition – that has close to 47,000 signees – was set up after she said that Holocaust ‘wasn’t about race’.

Her claim led to her being suspended from the show for two weeks.

Goldberg addressed the controversy afterwards in an interview with The Times.

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While in a statement to Entertainment Weekly, the Rat Race actress explains: “Recently while doing press in London, I was asked about my comments from earlier this year.

“I tried to convey to the reporter what I had said and why, and attempted to recount that time.

“It was never my intention to appear as if I was doubling down on hurtful comments, especially after talking with and hearing people like rabbis and old and new friends weighing in.

“I’m still learning a lot and believe me, I heard everything everyone said to me.”

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Written by Rosario Monachino

Rosario is a content editor at IGV who specialises in film, TV and entertainment news. He has a degree in English and Film from the University of Salford and a masters in Journalism from Liverpool John Moores University.