Whoopi’s Comeback

April 4, 2011  |  

(Newsweek) — Of the many things George W. Bush has been blamed for, add this to the list: Whoopi Goldberg says he almost killed her career. It all started with a joke Goldberg made at a 2004 fundraiser for John Kerry. As she recalls it, she said, “I love bush, but someone is giving bush a bad name.” A pretty tame line, for Whoopi. But by the next morning the New York Post was reporting that she’d delivered “an X-rated rant full of sexual innuendos against President Bush.”  Whether or not Goldberg crossed the line, doors started slamming in her face. Slim-Fast dropped her as a spokesperson. She was disinvited from the Democratic National Convention. Movie and TV roles dried up. She sold her house in Tuxedo Park, N.Y., and downsized to a Manhattan apartment (sans doorman). “I never thought living in America, especially being a comic, you could be gotten economically like that,” she says. “I didn’t work for years.” Though it may be a stretch to pin Whoopi’s career woes on that one radioactive riff, this much is certain: “It was a tough time,” says her friend Billy Crystal. “You hit a certain age where it all gets hard. I think that’s why The View is so good for her.”

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