Among the many attributes that qualified Goldberg for her new gig on “The View,” here’s perhaps the most important one: She doesn’t get worked up very easily.
“I’m a laid-back person,” Goldberg says. “I always have been.”
Given the explosive history of ABC’s estrogen-pumped chatfest over the past 18 months — Star is fired! Meredith defects! Rosie walks away! — Barbara Walters can be forgiven for wanting to inject a little calm into the “View” mix.
That said, Goldberg is hardly a wallflower. She brings to the show a clearly defined political point of view and a gift for communicating said view creatively and effectively.
Goldberg also gives “The View” a bit of Hollywood glamour in the form of an Oscar winner who will no doubt call on some of her showbiz pals to stop by from time to time.
Goldberg got off to a solid start last week, ably handling the flow of conversation without stepping on her colleagues’ (designer) shoes. Some groups whined about her defense of disgraced NFL star Michael Vick, but 24 hours later, everyone moved on.
Relaxed as Goldberg may be, she has a difficult job ahead. Once the initial flurry of hype dies down, industry observers will be watching closely to see if the big ratings boost Rosie
O’Donnell brought to the show holds up. Given how much of a controversy magnet the show became under O’Donnell, right-wing orgs in particular will be waiting to pounce if Goldberg is too articulate in espousing her p.o.v.
Not surprisingly, Goldberg is, well, calm.
“The old era is done,” she says. “Now I’m gonna do my Whoopi thing.”