Whoopi Goldberg Denies Hitting Alleged White House Crasher Michaele Salahi
ABC is calling claims from Michaele Salahi — the Real Housewives of D.C. cast member famous for allegedly crashing the White House — that Whoopi Goldberg hit her on yesterday's edition of The View as "completely unfounded and erroneous".
The TV network explained, "Whoopi lightly touched Ms. Salahi to get her attention and said to her, 'Excuse me, can you get back to the White House, please?' — meaning could Ms. Salahi return to the original subject of the conversation," reports ET Online.
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"After the show, Ms. Salahi and her husband accused Whoopi of hitting Ms. Salahi. As the broadcast clearly shows, the accusation was completely unfounded and erroneous.
"After the show and after being told she was being accused of hitting Ms. Salahi, Whoopi proceeded to defend herself verbally from this baseless claim in a heated exchange with the Salahis."
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The issue arose from a discussion among the Real Housewives cast about a fracas filmed for their Bravo show, which was interrupted when Whoopi — who had not been on the sofa with the other hosts of the show — walked onstage.
She touched Michaele on the small of her back and her arm to get her attention and says: "Excuse me, can you get back to the White House, please?" The camera cuts over to show Whoopi turning and walking offstage," reports the Washington Post.
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At some point after The View appearance, the following statement was posted on Michaele's Facebook page.
"Salahis will address on Thursday Morning LIVE on National TV the outrageous abuse and exchange that took place on the ABC Show the View and a audio & video file from Whoopi Goldberg verbal attack to Michaele. Standby for details."
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The post was removed shortly afterward.