Whoopi Goldberg addressed her confrontation with The Real Housewives of DC cast member, Michaele Salahi, on Thursday’s The View, refusing to apologize for her behavior either on-camera or backstage.
As soon as the hosts entered at start of the show Whoopi immediately introduced a clip of her interaction with Michaele, who is alleged to have crashed a White House party, reports Radar Online.
The clip showed Michaele on the sofa with the other Real Housewives being interviewed by Sherri Shepherd and Joy Behar, when Whoopi — who wasn’t involved in the interview — walked on the set from backstage, touching Michaele from behind and startling her.
Whoopi then explained that she was standing backstage listening to the interview, and that sometimes she’ll come on stage even if she is not a part of the segment just to add her two cents.
In this case, she was waiting for the conversation to get back to what happened at the White House and she was moved to come on stage and tell them to move on.
Whoopi then showed a clip of what happened from another camera angle where you can see and hear more clearly what Whoopi did and said. The clip showed Whoopi walking onto set, touching Michaele’s arm and saying, “can you get back to the White House, please”.
On Thursday, Whoopi explained how after the interview she heard that Michaele had accused Whoopi of hitting her. Whoopi then said she had a few “choice words” for Salahi.
She alluded to the alleged argument the pair had by saying: “I had more choice words… so choice you could cut them with a knife”
She added: “I make no apologies for my choice words.”
Whoopi’s co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck then read a statement from the Salahis’ lawyer, Lisa Bloom, “the Salahis did not crash the White House and no crime was committed”.
While Elisabeth read the statement Whoopi coughed, seemingly sarcastically. As the camera came back to Whoopi she simply said: “Let’s move on,” and dropped the subject for good.
Lisa Bloom told Radar Online that “When the segment ended Michaele burst into tears backstage and several people came up to talk to her and she found an office,” Bloom said.
“Whoopi berated her and dropped the f-bomb many times,” Bloom said. “Michaele was devastated.”
Bloom said Michaele thinks she has been treated badly by the show. “She is not asking for an apology, but Bloom said, “I think they deserve an apology. It’s outrageous and I’m surprised this would happen.”