Starting off the show with a bang! Whoopi Goldberg returned to The View refreshed after attending the Oscars over the weekend, but she also had a lot on her mind. On her first day back from L.A., the actress had no qualms about slamming The View's network, ABC, for not inviting the show's crew to the star-studded red carpet.
"I had a great time at the Oscars. I want to say two things," Goldberg, 58, said on Tuesday, March 4. "One is directed toward ABC. ABC, [it] was a shame to walk down that red carpet and see every other ABC daytime show represented — except for Rachael Ray — and we weren't there," she exclaimed.
"We are the only show — and I hate to ring my own bell, but what the hell — The View is the only show that has an Oscar winner on the panel and I thought it was a crying shame that we weren't there." (Goldberg won in the Best Supporting Actress category in 1991 for her work in Ghost.)
"Barbara, every year you did a wonderful Oscar coverage and Oscar special, and I'm just saying, ABC, I thought it was a bit of a shame because I saw everybody else there and I didn't see these women," she continued.
Goldberg walked the red carpet at the 86th Academy Awards, and got a shout out in the audience during one of host Ellen DeGeneres' bits. She also got on stage to introduce Pink's performance of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow."
Even Barbara Walters — who will be retiring after this year — had her say. "The View was created 17 years ago. Not that I'm going to be here forever, but I can gripe too," the 87-year-old vet journalist said. "We don't get promos. We're sort of the step-children [of ABC]."
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