Whoopi Goldberg is an “old broad” and she’s not mad about it. “The View” moderator started the Jan. 18 episode of the ABC talk show by confronting a heckler who allegedly called her an “old broad” live on the air (via Entertainment Weekly). Goldberg was taking her seat around “The View” table at the start of the episode when an audience member shouted at her.
“Did you just call me an old broad? Yeah?” Goldberg asked the audience member as “The View” cut to a crowd shot with the heckler, who was a woman wearing a large fur hat. “She said, ‘You old broad,’ and I was like, hey, it’s Wednesday, and I am an old broad, and happy about it.”
“The View” co-host Sunny Hostin told Goldberg that being an “old broad” is better than “the alternative,” to which Goldberg responded, “The alternative is not attractive to any of us. We all want to be old broads and old dudes, you know?”
According to Entertainment Weekly: “Throughout the rest of the episode, ‘The View’ cameras continued to cut to a shot of the woman, who sat in a row of chairs next to the stage.”
Back in October, Goldberg used “The View” to similarly shut down a critique of her appearance. In this case, it was a review of the movie “Till” that claimed Goldberg wore a fat suit to portray Alma Carthan, Mamie Till’s mother and Emmett’s grandmother.
“There was a young lady who writes for one of the magazines, and she was distracted by my fat suit, in her review,” Goldberg said at the time. “I don’t really care how you felt about the movie, but you should know that was not a fat suit, that was me. That was steroids. Remember last year? I assume you don’t watch the show, or you would know that was not a fat suit.”
Goldberg continued, “It’s okay to not be a fan of movie, but you want to leave people’s looks out. Just comment on the acting. And if you have a question, ask somebody. I’m sure you didn’t mean to be demeaning.”
“The View” airs weekdays at 11 a.m. ET on ABC.