Whoopi Goldberg went off on one of her fellow co-hosts on The View who called Hollywood elites out-of-touch hypocrites, claiming the statement was akin to racism.
As hosts on Thursday discussed the infamous slapping incident between Will Smith and Chris Rock at the Oscars, Tara Setmayer criticized the audience at the event for clapping for Smith’s Best Actor win following the assault.
‘They gave him a standing ovation,’ Setmayer said. ‘Which I think, again, goes back to why some people feel like Hollywood elites are a bunch of hypocrites.’
‘They go out there and they give these statements of moral superiority about things, and political statements, and then they’re standing there giving a standing ovation after [Smith] just assaulted Chris Rock.’
Goldberg, a Hollywood elite herself who serves as Academy Governor, appeared angered by the statement and interrupted Setmayer to tell her not to make generalizations.
‘It really pisses me off when people start to talk about people who work in Hollywood, not just actors, but all the other folks,’ Goldberg said.
‘So, please, when you’re talking about actors, be specific. If you’re pissed off about somebody or how they act, don’t put it on all of us because that’s like saying all black people like chicken,’ she added.
The back-and-forth- takes place more than a month after Whoopi returned to the show following an eight-episode ban following claims she mad that the ‘Holocaust wasn’t racist.’
Whoopi Goldberg, co-host of The View and Academy Governor, lashed out against fellow co-host Tara Setmayer who said ‘Hollywood elites are a bunch of hypocrites.’ Goldberg, a Hollywood elite herself, said the statement was akin to racism
The women of The View were discussing the infamous slapping incident between Will Smith (left) and Christ Rock at the Oscars on Sunday
Setmayer criticized those at the event for giving Smith a standing ovation for his Best Actor win following the slap that left them stunned just moments ago. Benedict Cumberbatch, a fellow Best Actor nominee, as well as Best Director nominee Paul Thomas Anderson and actress Maya Rudolph, were some of the stars who stood for Smith
Benedict Cumberbatch, a fellow Best Actor nominee, as well as Best Director nominee Paul Thomas Anderson and actress Maya Rudolph were some of the stars who stood for Smith’s win for best actor following the incident.
Venus and Serena Williams, whose father was portrayed by Smith in King Richard, also stood.
Goldberg suggested that there was no such thing as a ‘Hollywood elite,’ and that actors were just like everyone else.
‘I just want to stop with this ‘elite’ stuff because, you know, a lot of us work for a living,’ she said. We work. We collect a check. We got families.
‘We try to do the same thing, the good stuff that everybody else tries to do.’
It’s the latest snap from Goldberg who was previously placed on a two-week, unpaid suspension after the infamous January 31 episode by ABC boss Kim Godwin for statements she made about the Holocaust
Goldberg had faced a revolt from staffers who felt she had crossed the line with her tone-deaf apology over her Holocaust comments.
When it came to the Thursday’s argument, fellow co-host Joy Behar backed Goldberg, telling Setmayer, ‘You know what, Tara? You can’t paint all Hollywood people with one brush.’
Setmayer stuck by her statement and said the whole Oscar incident was very telling about Hollywood to the average person.
‘I think there’s an argument to be made about the industry,’ she said.
Goldberg (left) said there was no such thing as a ‘Hollywood elite.’ Although she condemned Smith’s actions, she has been the softest on the actor among her fellow cohosts
Smith (pictured) celebrated his victory with cheers following his assault on Rock. Goldberg has said he would face consequences from the Academy and suggested he was not escorted out following the incident because officials feared he might make a bigger scene
Setmayer is not the only one to call out the high profile celebrities at the Oscars, with actor and comedian Jim Carrey also slamming the members of the Academy for clapping after he slapped Rock.
‘I was sickened by the standing ovation,’ he said, referring to when Smith took home the Best Actor award not long after the slap incident.
‘I felt like Hollywood is just spineless en masse. It really felt like this is a clear indication that we’re not the cool club anymore
‘You do not have the right to walk up on stage and smack somebody on the face because they said words,’ Carrey said.
The View hosts have repeatedly criticized Will Smith’s stunt at the Oscars with co-hosts Sunny Hostin and Ana Navarro calling his shocking outburst ‘immature and childish.’ But co-host Whoopi Goldberg has remained the outlier with a different take.
‘I think he overreacted…I think he had one of those moments where it was like GD it, just stop,’ Goldberg said following the incident. ‘I get it, not everybody acts the way we would like them to act under pressure. And he snapped.’
Goldberg said she believes Smith will be able to keep his Oscar but will face ‘big consequences because nobody is OK with what happened.’
Goldberg was not present at the Oscars and has stressed that she was not speaking on behalf of the Academy’s board of directors.
She added on Thursday that Smith was asked to leave the Oscars following the slap, but that the Academy may have not acted out of fear that Smith would make a bigger scene at the event.
‘I think he was asked to leave,’ said Goldberg. ‘Picture – they come back from back from break, now if [Smith] is in some sort of state and he’s struggling and you’re trying to get him out the door and he’s still on camera.’