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“I Know I’m Going To Catch A Lot Of Hell, But I Don’t Care”: Whoopi Defends Stephen A. Smith, Says Women Shouldn’t Lay A Hand On Men

July 29th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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We told you yesterday that Stephen A. Smith caught some hell late last week for saying that women shouldn’t provoke the domestic violence they receive when speaking about Ray Rice and his infamous violent fight with then-fiancée, Janay Palmer. While his statement wasn’t received well, Smith says that he does stand by his point, but could have expressed it in a more articulate manner.

“On Friday, speaking right here on ‘First Take’ on the subject of domestic violence, I made what can only amount to the most egregious error of my career…My words came across that it is somehow a woman’s fault. This was not my intent. It is not what I was trying to say. Yet the failure to clearly articulate something different lies squarely on my shoulders. To say what I actually said was foolish is an understatement. To say I was wrong is obvious, to apologize, to say I’m sorry, doesn’t do the matter its proper justice to be quite honest. But I do sincerely apologize.”

But one public figure who is coming to Smith’s defense is Whoopi Goldberg. On yesterday’s episode of The View, Goldberg said that in general, no one should put their hands on anyone else, but if you make the choice to, don’t be surprised in this day and age if you are hit back.

“The comment that he made is based on what the young lady said she did. Let me just make that clear to ya’ll. She said, ‘I hit him,’ and I believe that’s what Stephen was pointing out.

I’m sorry, if you hit somebody, you can not be sure that you’re not going to get hit back. If you’re a little boy and you grow up with a little sister and your mother says no, you can never hit her, and she’s hitting you all the time, well you know what…you have to teach women do NOT, do not put your hands on anybody! Let me just finish my point because I know I’m going to catch a lot of hell, and I don’t care. You have to teach women, do not live with this idea that men have this chivalry thing still with them. Don’t assume that that’s still in place. So don’t be surprised if you hit a man and he hits you back. You hit somebody, they hit you back! Don’t be surprised! You have to teach the women not to put their hands up on anybody. That’s not blame the victim, I just said, don’t anybody, hit anybody! Don’t hit anybody! But if you make the choice as a woman who’s 4’3″ and you decide to hit a guy who’s 6’0″ and you’re the last thing he wants to deal with that day and he hits you back, you cannot be surprised! Let’s not hit anyone.”

This isn’t the first time Goldberg has spoken out about the role she thinks women can play in violent confrontations. After Solange Knowles was taped kicking the hell out of Jay Z in a hotel elevator after the Met Gala, Goldberg said that she was very lucky that he didn’t resort to the same violence she was unleashing on him:

“I think Solange was quite ready for him to do whatever he was gonna do. This is the thing. If anybody hits you, you have the right –I know that many people are raised in a very different way, but if a woman hits you, to me, you have the right to hit her back. If I slap a man, he has every right to slap me back. Every right.”

Check out Goldberg’s thoughts on handling violence below, and let us know if you agree, or if she should “catch a lot of hell” for her comments.

[Video] Sherri Shepherd Tearfully Announces She’s Leaving “The View”

July 7th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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Sherri Shepherd Tearfully Announces She's Leaving "The View"

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This morning marked the first live show since rumors started to swirl that Sherri Shepherd and Jenny McCarthy were leaving “The View.” So naturally, they had to address the word on the street. Jenny tried to open things up with a bit of levity, joking that the two were not leaving the show and in true old school “Singled Out” Jenny fashion, she said psyche and revealed that they were indeed true. Both she and Sherri would not be renewing their contracts. Jenny kept it together but it was a different story with Sherri. She didn’t melt into a puddle or anything but it was clear she was overcome with emotion, especially when she started talking about her fellow costars.

Here’s what she said:

“It is true that I’m leaving “The View” after the season. A lot of those people close to me and some of the producers here, they’ve known since the spring that I did not intend to return to the show once my contract ended in August. And I didn’t discuss anything publicly, anything in my personal life, because I didn’t want to do anything to distract from Barbara Walters and our celebration of her retirement in May. My time at “The View” is complete.” 

And then she paid a beautiful tribute to Joy, Elisabeth, and Whoopi.

“I’m gonna forever be grateful to Barbara Walters and [executive producer] Bill Geddie for taking a chance on an actress and a comedienne and making me learn things and making me step out of my comfort zone, for giving me a chance. When everybody said I shouldn’t be at this table, they gave me a chance,” she said. “I wanna say I’ve made friendships and sisterhood for life at this table. Elisabeth Hasselbeck is my sister for life. Joy Behar is my sister for life.” Turning to Jenny McCarthy, who is also leavingThe View, Shepherd said, “You are my sister.

You my friend have been a mentor to me. I love you so much, Whoopi Goldberg, because Whoopi Goldberg has had my back,” she added. “Even when I didn’t appreciate it, she’s always had my back.”

And then she spoke about all the opportunities the show has provided for her and encouraged others to do something that scares them.

“I’ve been blessed to interview President Barack Obama. Bill Clinton is a big fan of mine. He loved that I played a hooker in One for the Money. I get the chance to call Oprah Winfrey a friend, and that is a long way from being a legal secretary who wanted to tell jokes for a living. So, I have exciting news I will be announcing in the future because I love the show I plan on coming back to promote them here. I say that because Barbara Walters taught us all about the art of promoting,” she added. “I do say to everybody, take a chance, step out, do something that makes you scared, because this scared me to do The View. I love the cast and crew who took me in and made me feel like, this is my family. I love you.”

You can watch a chopped and screwed version of the speech below.

C Walking? Patti Labelle And Whoopi Dance To Pac’s “California Love”

July 1st, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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We told you earlier that Miss Patti was celebrating her 70th birthday a couple of months ago on May 24th. But since she was maintaining a rigorous schedule working on the Broadway play After Midnight, she didn’t get to celebrate in full effect. But she took care of that yesterday at the Cara Mia in New Jersey.

The musical legend, surrounded by family and friends, finally had a proper party. “The View” co-host Whoopi Goldberg and Vogue’s André Leon Talley were among the guests for the shindig sponsored by Korbel Champagne.

We can only imagine all the fun that went down that night but one of the night’s highlights came when Patti and Whoopi danced to Tupac Shakur’s hit song “California Love.”

Take a look at the two of them in the video below.

And then later in the evening Patti treated her guests to a performance of her song “Music is My Way Of Life” from the ’79 album It’s Alright With Me. 

I.Die. Man what I would have given to be at that party. Looks like good times. And it’s an inspiration knowing that the turn up is still very real at 70.

A Real Daytime Drama: What To Know About ‘The View’ Shake Up

June 27th, 2014 - By Tanvier Peart
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By now you have probably heard there has been some craziness occurring off camera at The View — which might have more of us tuning in to see how it unfolds. From the looks of things co-hosts Sherri Shepherd and Jenny McCarthy are out leaving Whoopi Goldberg at the table alone. Here’s the tea on The View and all the controversy going on. Do you think it will help ratings, or should they pull the plug?

Sherri Shepherd Confirms She’s Leaving “The View.” McCarthy Tweets She’s Going With Her

June 26th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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According to Deadline, one of Shepherd’s representatives issued this statement, confirming that she is indeed leaving.

“It’s been seven wonderful years on The View and after careful consideration it is time for me to move on. I am extremely grateful to Barbara Walters and Bill Geddie for giving me the opportunity. I look forward to the business opportunities that lay ahead for me and I am incredibly grateful to my View family and my fans for supporting me on this journey.”

And then not too long ago, McCarthy tweeted:

Whoopi And Sherri Call ABC Out, Saying They’re Scared Of A Black Bachelor

June 18th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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Yesterday, on “The View” Sherri Shepherd and Whoopi Goldberg went against the grain and started low key bad-mouthing their home network, ABC. For years people have been calling for a black bachelor and they said the network should cast Marquel, a former contestant on “The Bachelorette.”

Not only is Marquel fine as that thang, he handles himself well under pressure. Racial pressure. During an episode of “The Bachelorette,” another contestant told Marquel that a fellow competitor referred to him and other black contender as “two blackies.”

The news got back to Marquel and in his confessional interview, he expressed, very passionately, how being judged on his skin color without people taking the time to get to know him is hurtful.

You can hear what he had to say in the video below.

Here’s the transcription if you need it:

“Either way, it hurts just cause, like sometimes no matter how you treat a person, they just have this, this idea of you. You know what I mean? I hate getting emotional of it but judge me off of me. It’s crazy to think that the first thing people are going to recognize about me is that, ‘ok, he’s the black guy. It’s not like ‘hey, that dude he’s respectful, I’m sure he was raised right, I’m sure he has strong beliefs.’ It would be nice to not be seen as just this is the black guy. But I guess, that’s what it is.”

Even though I would have expected an offensive term or two, being surrounded in a house full of competitive white men, my heart still goes out to the guy. Most black people in America, know what it means to be judged solely off of our color and it is hurtful, no matter how many times you experience it.

Marquel tugged at our heartstrings and the women on “The View,” specifically Whoopi and Sherri but Jenny as well argued that Marquel deserves the next spot. But they admitted that ABC is fearful of casting a black man in the position. Whoopi said, “I think maybe ABC is not as comfortable with this because they don’t want the folks who really don’t get it at all to get on top of them and make it difficult for the show to go on.”

She went as far as saying that the network might be pandering to the segment of the American population who are still scared of seeing black men with white women. Y’all know Whoopi’s not scared to go there.

And then Sherri said, “I think they feel the numbers will not be good, I think it’s a money thing, I think it’s a corporate thing. I think the executives feel that if there was a black Bachelor, if there was a female Bachelorette who was black, the numbers would not support – the ratings [would be bad].”

The ladies of “The View” aren’t the only ones gunning for Marquel. There are several sites championing him. But they’ll have a long road ahead. Rumors have started to swirl that Chris, a [white] farmer, is going to be the next bachelor.

Have you been watching “The Bachelorette”? Do you think Marquel would make a good bachelor? Do you think ABC and the country at large is ready to take this step?

Why Whoopi Isn’t Too Upset Over Justin Beiber’s Use Of The N-Word

June 5th, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Pop’s problem child Justin Beiber is back in hot water again. But this time it’s not for urinating in a bucket or abandoning his pet monkey. Footage recently leaked of the troubled 20-year-old using the N-word. The video, which was captured about three years ago, depicts a young Beiber joking around with friends before asking:

“Why are black people afraid of chainsaws?”

Smiling and against the warning of one of his friends, he then looks into the camera and says:

“Run n****r, n****r, n****r, n****r, n****r. Run n****r, n****r, n****r, n****r, n****r.”

Shortly after the tape was released, another video surfaced of Justin dropping the N-bomb. In this video, which was taken about five years ago, Justin parodied his song “One Less Lonely Girl” by subbing in the N-word and singing about joining the KKK. However, this time, Justin and his team were the ones who released the video. According to his camp, he felt really bad about what he’d done and wanted to own up to it. As to be expected, people are pretty upset over the footage, but Whoopi Goldberg has a fairly different stance on the whole situation.

“You know, Canadian words — I’m going to say the word so get ready to beat me. N*gger doesn’t mean anything in Canada,” Whoopi said during a recent taping of “The View.” “And how do I know this? Well, I did a movie last year, in Canada, and a young, wonderful Canadian woman wrote it, and I’m reading it and I’m thinking, ‘We wouldn’t say anything like this.’ So I went to the director and I said, what is this? And he said, oh, she lives here. And I said so she doesn’t know anything, she doesn’t get what we’re talking about.”

“What I’m saying is that, when you are 15 and you’re someplace where that’s not a word that you have associated with people of colour…they weren’t calling them that.”

What are your thoughts on this?

Did Y’all See? Consensus Says If You Hit A Man He Can Hit You Back

May 17th, 2014 - By Brande Victorian
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After weeks of talking about stories of men in Hollywood allegedly putting their hands on women, this Monday the tables were completely turned when video surfaced of Solange rather violently attacking her brother-in-law Jay Z as Beyonce stood by idly. The footage, of course, ignited widespread speculation about the health of the Carter-Knowles familial relationship, but beyond that it sparked a national debate on why abuse toward men at the hands of women is seen as laughable to many, and whether Jay Z had a right to strike Solange back. Whoopi boldly proclaimed on “The View” that if a she slaps a man, he was a right to slap her back and judging by the response to those remarks it appears many would agree.

Check out our editors discussing the touchy subject in this weeks episode of “Did Y’all See? as well as the messy divorce between Sherri Shepherd and Lamar Sally and Tank outing a preacher who was sending him explicit pics. Weigh in on these subjects in the comments section!

“If I Slap A Man, He Has Every Right To Slap Me Back”: Whoopi Says If Jay Z Hit Solange, He Wouldn’t Have Been Wrong

May 15th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Jay Z could have hit Solange in self-defense?

In a discussion this week about the whole Solange and Jay Z fight, Whoopi Goldberg made some interesting statements about how both parties handled the situation and what the rapper could have done in response to her attack. First of all, her theory about the whole melee was that Jay possibly said something disrespectful to Beyoncé, which caused Solange to stick up for her in the manner she did. But as for the fight, in her mind, Goldberg believes that if a woman violently puts her hands on a man, said man has the right to put his hands right back on her.

“I think Solange was quite ready for him to do whatever he was gonna do. This is the thing. If anybody hits you, you have the right –I know that many people are raised in a very different way, but if a woman hits you, to me, you have the right to hit her back. If I slap a man, he has every right to slap me back. Every right.”

In response, Sherri Shepherd (who is going through her own behind-the-scenes drama right now), said that Jay Z knew that despite Solange’s behavior, he didn’t need to react with violence. And with security there, what sense does it make to make the situation any uglier?

“We weren’t there. We don’t know. The difference between Jay Z and somebody else is maturity took over. He grabbed her foot–you only got one time to kick me–he grabbed her foot. He didn’t do anything. I think in his head, he was like, ‘You’re not gonna have me have a mugshot.'”

We chatted about this yesterday on the site with the help of author Brooke Dean’s essay, “When Is It Ever Okay For A Man To Hit A Woman?” and as always, the response was mixed on such a topic. I wouldn’t advocate for men having such a response to a woman’s attacks and behavior, but if a man does feel threatened, he does have the right to defend himself, and vice versa. But I’m a firm believer that if one can avoid violence, please do.

What do you think of what Whoopi had to say? Check out her statements, and the entire table’s opinions below.

Whoopi Goldberg & Daughter, Alex Martin, Collaborating On New Reality Series

May 9th, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Whoopi Goldberg is executive producing a new reality series starring her daughter, Alex Martin, Shadow & Act reports. The series will be developed by 44 Blue Productions and Whoopi’s company, One Ho Productions. It appears that the docu-series will be family oriented, centering around Alex and her attempts to reinvent herself, both personally and professionally. The cast will include Alex’s husband, Bernard, their best friends Leisa and Ron and Alex’s three children—one of which has recently moved back home with her fiancé and newborn baby.

“To say that Alex has a gift for frankness and humor is an understatement – and she clearly comes by it honestly,” says Stephanie Drachkovitch, Executive Vice President of 44 Blue Productions. “Plenty of women face similar family dynamics, but they find support from their families and friends – in this case it’s Alex’s BFF since high school, Leisa. They keep each other honest and real!”

Whoopi adds that she felt it was important to tell the story of Alex and Leisa, who have been best friends since high school.

“I wanted to tell the story of two best friends who experience all of the major phases of a woman’s life together,” said Whoopi. “Alex and Leisa have been friends since they were 17 and are both children of famous people, and are now approaching 40. My daughter just became a grandmother and her daughter just turned 24 and they are just trying to figure their lives out. This is really the story of an all-American family for a new generation; it looks a little different than the storybooks, but it’s filled with love and laughter. It’s very funny to watch them.”

“Watching Alex navigate the unexpected turns of her life and that of her family is anything but ordinary,” adds Tom Leonardis, President and Executive Producer of One Ho Productions. “She and Leisa have basically raised their families together, putting their own humorous spin on the adage that ‘it takes a village.’ This family is funny, authentic and relatable – they just happen to have a famous family member who they look to for advice and the occasional reality check. Their story of multiple generations living together is one that will certainly resonate with viewers, and we’re eager to explore this phase along with them.”

Does this sound like a series you’d be interested in watching?