It looks like one woman’s "light touch" is enough to make another woman cry, and that seems to be what happened on "The View" Wednesday.
Things got heated on ABC's daytime show – although, at this point, that may go without saying – when Joy Behar and Sherri Shepherd sat down with the “Real Housewives of Washington D.C.” to chat about the new season.
As the conversation veered towards a disagreement between Michaele Salahi and another “Housewife,” Goldberg exited backstage, touched Salahi on what appears to be her back from the video (judge for yourself by watching the clip here), and, according to Goldberg's recap of the events Thursday, said, “can you get back the White House please?”
Michaele Salahi then alleged after the show that not only was she treated "very poorly" by the hosts of “The View,” but also that Goldberg had touched her with more aggression than what ABC describes as a "light touch."
“During pointed questioning about an unrelated incident where Ms. Salahi had been called 'anorexic' (also untrue), Whoopi Goldberg came from backstage behind Ms. Salahi, shook her arm, and told her to move on and talk about the White House,” said the Salahis' attorney, Lisa Bloom, in a statement.
“This was startling to Ms. Salahi, as...Whoopi Goldberg was not part of the segment. Ms. Behar and Ms. Shepherd were conducting the interview, so it was up to them to “move along” to whatever topics they chose… Ms. Salahi was surprised and unnerved (as anyone would be) that someone would come up from behind on live TV and tell her to stop answering the question that the actual interviewers had posed to her.”
The statement went on, “If Ms. Goldberg didn’t like how the interview was being conducted, she should have taken her grievances to the shows producers and co-hosts - not Ms. Salahi, and certainly not while she was a guest on the live show.”
According to Bloom, Salahi was “in tears” when she got backstage, and informed a show producer that “she was upset that Whoopi Goldberg had come up behind her and grabbed her arm.” When the producer found Goldberg, Bloom says in the statement that the “View” host yelled profanities at Salahi, which turns out to be something Salahi and Goldberg agree on.
“I went up to her and told her that she knew I didn’t hit her, and yeah, you know how I said it: Choice words,” Goldberg said as she told the audience of “The View” her version of the events on Thursday.
“I make no apology for my choice words, but then her husband got in my face, had his BlackBerry out and started taking pictures of me,” Goldberg went on. “Needless to say, I really went off. The words were so choice you could’ve cut ‘em off and eaten them.”
According to Bloom’s statement, Salahi never accused Goldberg of hitting her, and claims that the producer who was involved in the mayhem was the one who used the word “hit” in reference to Goldberg’s actions.
ABC said in its official statement that Salahi and her husband did accuse Goldberg of hitting her, although the network notes that Salahi “claims she never said Goldberg hit her.”
ABC's statement continues, “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.”
Oh, and by the way: The Salahis are not party-crashers, according to the statement from their attorney. The Salahis say they were led to believe that they were invited to the event; Bloom also notes that the couple has not been charged with anything.
So in light of all this drama, does this make you more or less excited that “Real Housewives of D.C.” is premiering tonight on Bravo (at 9 p.m., in case you didn’t know)?
Joy Behar, who had a ringside seat to the entire ordeal, will have the latest on this story on The Joy Behar Show tonight at 9 pm ET.
I touched my coworker the other day to get her attention. I watched the view that day and the replay the day after. Whoopi clearly touched Ms. Salahis nothing more. Whoopi is who she is that's why I like her. For those that critize her
and thinks she should be a role model grow up! She's an actress doing a job nothing more. You go girl! Or should I say go woman!
I have a very dear friend who used to work with Whoopi on Hollywood Squares, and he has told me some stories that would curt your hair. She has absolutely no morals, curses like a sailor, and plays the diva to the hilt. Absolutely everyone is beneath her, and she doesn't mind telling them so. I quit watching the View when Merideth Vierra left, and was shocked to hear Whoopi was now a part of the show. I can't stand the publicity the Salahis got out of the White House incident, in my oponion they are trashy publicity crazy bottom feeders, but I'm most concerned that White House Security let them in without a proper invitation. They could have very easily been terrorists, but were welcomed in and
treated like royalty in front of God and the whole world. Now good ole Lisa Bloom has jumped on the bandwagon to get some publicity for herself. The Salahis were wrong, Whoopi was wrong, Lisa is wrong to get involved. Don't look at them, don't watch them, and then, and only then will they all go away. The whole country has gone crazy for a bit of ego. And this includes Andy Cohen, NBC, and all the other networks who have used this fiasco to gain ratings.
BOYCOTT BRAVO HOUSEWIVES SHOWS!!!! THESE PEOPLE DO NO DESERVE MONEY AND ATTENTION FOR BAD BEHAVIOR AND NO TALENT!!!!
DON'T GIVE THEM AN AUDIENCE AND THEY WILL GO AWAY! BOYCOTT BRAVO HOUSEWIVES SHOWS! THEY GO TOO FAR GIVING PEOPLE MONEY AND FAME FOR BAD BEHAVIOR – LOOK AT BANKRUPT TERESA AND JOE SPENDING ALL THAT MONEY AND NOW THE PARTY CRASHERS OF DC. SHAMEFUL PEOPLE.
BOYCOTT BRAVO HOUSEWIVES SHOWS
Salahi's = Losers + Pigs.
It would have been better if Whoopi just clocked her in the face properly. Probably could have heard a good echo for the lack of a brain she has.
Go Whoopi! I wish she had knocked the s**t out of her. The Salahi's should both be in jail and I'm sure they'll do something ELSE soon enough that finally gets them to their rightful home where they belong–state prison! Thank you Whoopi!!
Just wait till they try to publish the photos that were taken with the blackberry.
I wish someone would have hit her. I hope no one watches that reality show they are in. I hope it's an epic failure.
Maybe it's high time to press those charges for crashing that state dinner so they can stop pretending they didn't do anything wrong.
I am a Housewives fan, but I think this season is going to be a bust!!! I wasn't impressed with any of these women at all!!! I also watched the View and let me tell you, if Whoopi hit that woman then I am the Dalai Lama!!!
About time somebody spoke up.
What she and her husband did was dirty, no count, and dangerous. They put everyone at risk that evening, and the Head of Security ate it...put the blame on himself.
Instead of rolling around on shows thinking she's all that she should be ashamed of herself.
Glad you spoke up Whoopi...everybody else was afraid to say anything. She can't take it...too bad. She and her stupid idiot husband should go to jail for pulling a stunt like that. And fined. Hope they do. They both deserve it.
Her attorney is Lisa Bloom. Lisa Bloom's mother is Gloria Allred. Any question? High class ambulance chasers. Always there to try to put the squeeze on celebrities.
Go Whoopi ! Go Whoopi ! The woman and her husband should be in jail....not starring on a reality show.
Sorry folks, I have always liked Whoopi, but in today's society – YOU HAVE GOT TO KEEP YOUR HANDS TO YOURSELF. There simply are no exceptions. I smell a major lawsuit!
...if you look at the show, she barely touched the woman's arm. There was no violence, no pulling, just a tap and she stood there to say, let's go. But the heffer just sat there. No lawsuit. Instead the idiot woman should be in jail for pulling a stunt like that...Both of them should be in jail, not rolling around on tv shows, smiling cause she and the husband got away with it. Makes me sick. Glad Whoopi spoke up. Nobody else did, seemed like they are scared to say something. Hope this jackazez go to jail...
You're smelling more than a "lawsuit", I can assure you. That "touch" was less than the kind of touch you feel when you walk through a crowd of people and can't help brushing up against someone. If you somehow think that this Salahi creep has a case then I'm sure that you have had a few frivolous lawsuits of your own.
What I'm concerned about is Whoopi's inability to express herself without using a heavy dose of expletives. Is her vocabulary and intelligence that limited? She is unprofessional, unsophisticated, domineering, and ill-mannered. On every show she talks over or cuts off one of the other ladies. By her own admission, she has abused illicit drugs, been unfaithful to one (or perhaps all 3) of her husbands so she must also be pretty short on self-control. As an elementary school teacher, I cannot think of a worse role model.
and knocked her on her ass. GO WHOPPI GO
While I despise the Salahis, Whoopi Goldberg is quite the self-righteous person. Every time someone else takes the limelight, she's got to be in on it, and her bit about going and begging for food when a chef is on the show, is getting old and isn't funny. She's the moderator of the show but closes every argument as if she is the one who holds the truth, she's the one who knows everyone, bla, bla, bla. Between the brainless republican, the idiot who didn't know whether the earth was flat or round and Whoopi and her holier than thou attiude, the only one who makes any sense on that show is Joy. Thank God she has her own show on HLN!
i wish life was like b4 where u would have to actually have talent to have ur name in the papers or the news...
These so-called party crashers are nothing more than pure trash, creeps, and a*s holes.
To the media...STOP WASTING YOUR TIME ON TRASH. The garbage man came to collect long time ago.
The Salahis are deluded. Michaele has this inflated sense of self and just thinks she should be famous because. Well we all know she is famous because she crashed the White House state dinner and that is it!! She wants everyone to move on and now that we know her we should just be wanting more.
Join our Facebook page: Tell the White House Party Crashers to Go Away
There is a HUGE difference between fame and NOTORIETY!
Go Whoopi!! Go Whoopi!! Go Whoopi! .... Salahi's ... WHO?! As Whoopi said in "Jumping Jack Flash" .... end trans.
Whoppie was out of line to put her hand on Salahi,especially if she was in disagreement with her. If someone touched me and I was in disagreement with them I would see the move as aggresive , her language and her bragging about her foul language only shows that she is no better than the Salahis. Whoppie is as full of herself as she accuses others of being. The View needs a good dose of reality,their not half as good as they think they are.
First of all, learn to spell! Secondly, take a breath and relax.
Regardless of whatever type of physical contact occurred between Salahi and Goldberg, why on earth did Goldberg come out and try to talk to Salahi during an interview and then rush away as if nothing happened? Does she normally do that? It seems a little awkward. Was Whoopi intentionally trying to create more controversy and publicity for Salahi?
Whoopi did nothing wrong. If MrsSalahi could not handle the heat she should not have been on this show. Stop whining & be more honest - both Salahi's are fakes,phoneys & frauds. Also,I had alot of respect for Lisa Bloom when she was on Court TV - now she seems to represent losers & whiners who jiust want to be in the spotlight. I enjoy the View & Whoopi. KEEP IT REAL !!!
These people are crazy! It's good to see Gloria Allred's daughter (Lisa Bloom) is following in her mothers' footsteps and representing idiots!!!
This whole thing was a ad-libbed publicity stunt that was concocted by the producers of "The View" and "Housewives". I like The View but don't like that they would go to such lengths for even higher ratings. Joy Behar is also going to get high ratings on her show tonite. Oh well, I guess that's show business.
And producers continue to ask these peeps to be on their program. And we continue to watch this stuff. And the "ratings" for her new show will sky rocket as a result of this and again we are to blame. Refuse to watch her program or any program that promotes her, refuse to purchase any materials that talk about her or her "status" and watch; she will disappear. But we all will continue to feed into this crap.......
The Salahi's should be in prison.
she is lucky that they are not in jail. if it would have been me or ne one else we would have been arrested on the spot. salahi knows wat they did shes in denial. ok big deal she may have issues. get over it ur on a show. but i dont see that she has ne talent other than being a drama queen.
The Salahi's are nothing but con-artists trying to scam $ and they are so transparent it's disgusting. It wouldn't surprise me if they sued Whoopi for millions because she "assaulted" her.It appears this couple will do anything just to make a buck. They should crawl back under the rock they slithered out of.
100% Team Whoopie
She is an Oscar winning actress & comedian
She is the reason I started watching the View because she is very good at this
Those 15 minutes got that time extended people JUST LOVE PUBLICITY
They need to learn the World is sick to death of hearing about them-got a realty show because of what they did wrong (remember they have YET to prove they were in the right)
So, until you prove you are in the right go away
And saying Whoopie hit you WHEN YOU KNOW CAMERAS ARE ROLLING PROVES YOU ARE A LIAR
Whoopie is real, the party crashes are only seeking fame and fortune @ 15 mins of Fame
These people should be in jail..
These people rate as much attention as Sarah Palin. Why the media, including Bravo, continue to basically advertize what trainwrecks these folks are is beyond me. Watch the Housewifes of DC? Are you kidding me.....I'd rather have my gall bladder removed!
Seriously...learn to spell or shut up
@Marie, Irish didn't mispell anything in the post.
If you're referring to the word "advertize" – that's a valid way to spell it in Europe/Canada. Just sayin..if you're going to be rude, at least be right.
To Justsayin, this is the way we spell advertise in Canada! Take a look in the dictionary!
If you read the article, it says that Salahi never said Whoopi "hit" her. It was a third party that used that word. I agree w/ Carol. The other two co-hosts were conducting the interview. Whoopi should have stayed out of it. As far as the arguing backstage, I feel that Whoopi should have left that alone as well. They are guests on the show and shouldn't be spoken to in that manner no matter who's at fault. If the husband was taking pictures w/ his blackberry, then walk away. Don't feed into that behavior b/c it's only going to make Whoopi (the true professional in this mix) look badly. Yelling back and forth is only going to give them the amo that the Salahi's need to continue their quest for fame. It'll continue to give them a story to tell. Just ignore them and hopefully, they'll go away. Whoopi fed right into them. If she would have kept it professional and classy, there wouldn't have been an article to respond to.
Compared to "Michaele" (it's not even her real name, she made it up like everything else) Whoopi's looking REAL good. Sorry, but I hate to see anyone defend The Crashers. I want them to think that no matter where they go that the American public KNOWS what they are and WHO they aren't and that NOBODY wants to see their faces. They belong in jail.
Less talent and relevance: Whoopi or Salahi? Tough call.
@Tom Well I guess you are qualified to judge relevance and talent. salahi has done nothing and never will but whoopi has 2 oscar nominations and 1 win, 2 saturn nominations and 1 win, 5 american comedy award noms and 2 wins, 1 bafta award (british oscar equivilent) 15 emmy noms with 3 wins, 3 golden globe noms with 2 wins, 15 image award noms with 8 wins, 5 kids choice noms with 4 wins, 2 mtv movie awards noms, 1 national board of revue award win, 6 peoples choice noms with 4 wins and a large amount of other awards/noms too numerous to mention. What makes you think that some little twerp like you has the right to judge her talent or relevance. Her body of work speaks for itself goof.
It's not like anything "Tom" has said on these blogs amounts to anything. He hasn't been relevant since... ever...
Whoopi hasn't done anything in a long time but she definitely has more talent in her pinky than MS!!!
If Whoopi wanted to beat her butt, she would've whooped her badly.
Why do you think she goes by the name Whoopi? Now we'll all be saying "you don't want me to open up a can of Whoopi on you do you?"
Why in the world has the platform changed in television with these reality based shows that seem to offer all of us a swift kick in the behind? When the Salahis crashed the White House, I only hoped that they would be put behind bars, but if they could find no criminal count to charge them with that they would be expelled from all media. I think that it is a shame that we have to be dumbed down by this kind of television.
I like Goldberg but I think that she was out of line walking out on the set and interrupting the interview. There were two very capable women from the View out there and Whoopi needs to realize that others are qualified to do their jobs without her help. Her personal feelings got in the way of her professionalism. I have not been a fan of "Housewives" (one of the few) but due to the publicity caused on the View I intend to watch. This might backfire on Whoopi.
With all of the GOOD stories in the world – people doing good work that moves the world to a better place – I just am NOT interested in this tripe.
Oh, but you read the story, probably watched the video and took the time to reply?! I'm not so convinced that you aint interested.
I agree with many of the comments....in my own words, these people are trash. In fact when they announced that they were going to be on I stopped watching. I would rather have 5 days of hot topics than The View to support trash reality TV shows and so called TV personalities/stars. I've watched/recorded the View from almost the beginning but having Kate Gosslin on as a guest or co-host and the Octo-Mom on I just skip over them. I may not like all the guests they have but I refuse to watch the Trash TV people and people who get a celebrity status because they do the wrong thing....great message America. Go Whoopi...if you didn't hit her you should have. You are definitely a better person than I am.
Goldberg: “choice words. And I make no apology for my choice words.”
Whatever. Here are a few more choice words: Goldberg and the “View from the Toilet seat” has had her nose stuck so far up one president’s axe she’s still sportin the dinglburry. I’m not sayin…I’m just sayin.
Oh, and Salahi: S T F U You should have read the fine print of your contract where it says talentless people that want $$$$$ and camera time must amuse the moronic masses by alternative bouts of antics and abuse. Check out LiHo for a guide to how it’s done.
Lisa Bloom is truly her mother's (Gloria Allred) daughter! Her mother does the same thing in order to keep her name out there. If the truth were told, Whoopi would kick her butt if she could get away with it...
I'm more dismayed at the fact that Lisa Bloom in recent weeks has gone from credible legal analyst to an actual defender of the unsavory likes of the Salahis' and Michael Lohan. Guess the recession has finally hit the legal biz, too...
I was actually considering watching the DC version of the show, since I live here and work in what they consider "the corridors of power"....will NOT be watching it...that Salahi woman is dishonest!! Thank God for TV cameras! Good job Whoopi...that's why you're a real celebrity. This woman is garbage...and they just lost a viewer.
I was thinking the exact same thing. What is up with Lisa Bloom, is she following in her mothers footsteps? I have liked Lisa in the past, but she is beginning to get on my nerves, just as her mother Gloria Alred!
Go Whoppi, I use those choice words in my vocab also, doesn't make me a bad person.
disappointed in Lisa Bloom also..
I watched the View yesterday and today and as I knew my eyes saw Whoopi did not hit her she touched her side and said something to her, which in today's show proved that. Whoopi and the rest of the View have every right to be discusted with this woman and the producers of "Real Housewives" should be ashamed to put such a person, who her and her husband should be in jail, on their show. I agree these arene't celebs there attention getters and will do anything to get it. The Sahali's should be banned from any show, they are a disgrace a liars, she proved that when she couldn't anwer the questions yesterday and was beating around the bush and by the looks of things the rest of the "housewives" were in total agreement with the View, and so was I.
WAY TO GO WHOOPIE!!!! I Love that she speaks her mind and uses 'choice' words to get her message through!
The sad thing is the view has stooped so low as to let these no count loser people on the set, much less in the building to begin with. Ya know what they say, you lie with dogs you get fleas. Well, they shouldn't let those DOGS inside the building to begin with. Woof!
How about if NOONE watches their show. It will then be over after one episode
I WISH THAT WERE THE CASE WITH A LOT OF THESE SO-CALLED REALITY SHOWS. Count me as one who will definitely not be watching and hopes the name Salahi (among others) becomes extinct in no time!
The Salahi's should be in jail, not appearing as guests on television shows. What is wrong with our court system, in that the system does not prosecute this couple? They are morons, and self-indulgent people, who tried to get away with a crime, and that is, breaking into the White House.
Tried to and apparently DID.
Ms Whoop alot of people think i look like you, I'm sure you didn't push her are do anything wrong. Some people just want to be in the news more publicty thay can get , the more they want God bless and take care.
Give me a break. I think if Whoppi really hit her, that chick would have REALLY felt it. I think if Whoppi is going to actually hit someone, she would make sure they knew they were being hit. I would have had a few choice words for her myself if I was being accused of something I didn't do.
this so called "housewife" is a total axx!
Just who do these Salahis think they are? They seem to have a greatly exaggerated sense of self-importance and/or self-worth. Don't mess w/Whoopi, leave her alone!
Stupid publicity stunt! I don't watch "housewives" of anywhere so who cares!
oh this is so sad
You go Whoopi !
The Salahi couple are pitiful shallow media hounds and have proven repeatedly to be overly dramatic and desperate for attention. I guess we're giving it to them by all this publicity (good or bad). Let's review: she was "abused" by Whoopi Goldberg?? C'mon. We've all seen the footage. A man throwing wine in a woman's face? Publicity. Also, how are you "led to believe" you are invited to a WHITE HOUSE EVENT??? Regardless of charges not being pressed (they should be), there is no gray area – there are engraved invitations, guest lists and you simply got in by security not working up to par. What's next?
The Salahi's have just become a joke; much like the East Coast version of Heidi and Spencer. Hopefully, your drawn out 15 minutes will be up soon and you will simply fade out.
This only adds more credence to the impression that the Salahi's are shameless publicity-hogs. I'm disappointed that The View gave her air-time and that Lisa Bloom is her attorney. Makes the whole lot of them seem stinky to me. When is unearned celebrity finally seen as what it is? A celebrity with a proven skill is one thing. This garbage is completely different.
Why these people are even classified as "celebrities" is beyond me. They're milking the media for whatever fame and fortune they can swindle. Con artists!
I can not believe the media is even giving her air time. I live in Virginia and the Salahi's are crooks. Someone should ask her about their financial problems. I work for the bank that repossessed their car. They are only doing this to get income to save them from bankruptcy. The Salahi's have been hiding from collectors for years. They think they are high society,but are really trailor trash.
I agree. I record and watch the View every evening. I saw yesterday's show and the Salahi chick refused to answer the question!! She kept rambling at a moderate tone of voice, trying to say something about a misunderstanding, etc. She is full of bull****. I saw Whoopi walk up behind her and if that bothered her, she needs to get out of the limelight. It's called "thinking on your feet" when something unexpected happens. Most of us deal with that everyday at work!! The scary thing is that people will tune in to watch this loser on another ridiculous "reality" show.
I also watched "The View" when Salahi was "tapped" by Whoppie. Apparently, she does not know the difference between a hit and a tap. The Salahis' are far from celebs and attention seekers! The should have been prosecuted and put in jail. It's pathetic that they would even put a show on television and use this criminal as one of the characters. I have never watched "Housewives of DC" and have no intentions of watching it! I watch "The View" every weekeday and I would like to suggest that next time before they bring back "Salahis" your viewers would get more enjoyment watching a circus showman with his monkey. In other words please DON'T EVER" BRING THEM BACK AND IF YOU DO PLEASE WHOOPIE, YOU OWE HER A REAL HIT!
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