Whoopi Goldberg, 67, veteran co-host of ABC's The View, found herself amid a heated debate, ultimately resulting in her dramatic departure from the set. The discord arose during Tuesday's episode as the hosts deliberated on the recent fiasco involving country music star Miranda Lambert, 39, and her fans at a live concert.
Lambert halted her performance to rebuke members of the audience for incessantly taking selfies, triggering an uproar both online and offline. Sunny Hostin, 54, a fellow co-host of The View, empathized with the concert-goers, expressing that the right to selfies was commensurate with the steep ticket prices, as high as $757.
"I'm going to take as many selfies as I want if I paid that much," Hostin asserted, adding that she uses photos as memory keepsakes.
Goldberg Defends Lambert, Exits Stage
Goldberg, contrarily, aligned with Lambert's stance.
Arguing that an exorbitant ticket price does not equate to an entitlement to disrespect the performer, she said, "Stay home if you're going to spend $750 to come to my concert, then don't give me the respect of watching me while I do my thing." In a shocking turn of events, Goldberg vacated her seat, jestingly urging Hostin to 'turn on the television', implying that TV was the right place for multitasking.
Following her departure, Goldberg left her bewildered colleagues in her wake, exclaiming, "I'm leaving y'all!" before approaching a nonagenarian audience member. In a playful demonstration of her viewpoint, she took a selfie with the lady, swiftly segueing the show into a commercial break.
Meanwhile, the repercussions of Lambert's outburst continued. A TikTok video had captured Lambert abruptly ending her ballad and berating her fans for prioritizing selfies over the live experience. The incident led to a fan exodus and subsequent online backlash, with Adela Calin, one of the scolded fans, comparing the experience to being publicly humiliated by a school teacher.
Despite the ongoing controversy, Lambert's public persona remained unfazed. A social media post promoting responsible pet ownership led to further discord in her fanbase. While some fans lauded her for her animal advocacy and defended her stance on concert etiquette, others demanded an apology for her perceived disrespect.
Amidst this turbulence, a fan named Lindsey defended Lambert, asserting, "She owes no one an apology," thus encapsulating the divisive reactions incited by the entire ordeal.