Whoopi Goldberg: I was high when I won my Oscar
March 25th, 2011
03:44 PM ET

Whoopi Goldberg: I was high when I won my Oscar

Winning an Academy Award was definitely a high for Whoopi Goldberg, who has admitted that she was on a little something when she accepted her 1991 Best Supporting Actress Oscar.

In a clip from a 1992 recording session obtained by TMZ, Goldberg revealed that she had some pot prior to the Oscars ceremony because she needed to calm her nerves.

"Smoking cigarettes and pot every now and then are my habits. And so I thought, I've got to relax. So I smoked this wonderful joint that was the last of my home grown," she says in the video.

In fact, Goldberg was so high that she was worried about making it to the podium when presenter Denzel Washington announced that she had won an Oscar for "Ghost."

"When he said my name and I popped up, I thought, Oh f-! ...OK, up the stairs ... around to the podium … there's millions of people, pick up the statue, get the statue," she says in the clip.

Goldberg's mother later called and asked if she had smoked prior to the event. "Your eyes were just glistening," she told her daughter.

The "View" co-host re-watched her acceptance speech and says, "You couldn't tell. She just panicked me." Still, she admits in the video, "I learned a great lesson. Never smoke pot before there's the possibility of having to talk to a hundred million people."

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  1. Looks like you

    my own brother said i have more time for s*x now!!!! yayayayay

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  3. Nathan

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    April 26, 2012 at 11:55 pm | Report abuse |
  4. jojo

    i don't get dreads – they look like something that came out of both ends of a cat

    April 19, 2011 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
  5. daisy

    if you don't get high, i don't know why

    March 29, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Joe

    I'd suggest Meth next time.

    March 29, 2011 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  7. citizenUSA

    Big whoop. They all look high.

    March 29, 2011 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
  8. danny

    She seems to change her story with every remark, gets to the point where I doubt she even believes what she is saying. And then this is someone that has a national talk show that we are supposed to believe what she says, I do not think so.

    March 29, 2011 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
  9. Master of Your Mama's Sweet A$$ !

    @Olé it's taco day
    » I diddled your mom. OFTEN !
    Great piece ó a$$ !

    March 29, 2011 at 12:54 am | Report abuse |
  10. Abbynormal

    better than half the audience is on something during these events. So what else is new?

    March 28, 2011 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  11. MadCityBabe

    you know....some things really are better left unsaid.......................

    March 28, 2011 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  12. John

    Drug addiction is much more a disease than ti's a lack of character or values. If one looks at history, it's as though humanity is addicted to drugs because all throughout history we see drugs. People desire to change their state of mind, to explore the mysteries of cognition and dreams. They will always want to use drugs for this purpose, all by itself. When drugs are legal, at least, people can be better educated on their uses and consequences. When they're illegal, it's like the doors to the school are closed and those who do practice it illegaly do so blindly. I think, in truth, legalizing and tax to treat and educating people about it is better than anything else. In fact, I think some dealers and organizations intentionally keep drugs illegal so they can practice their trade and maintain their dominance. It's much easier to trap humans when they're blind and afraid than ti's to trap them when they'r educated.

    March 28, 2011 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  13. John

    Actually you made an ignorant statement. Smoking tobacco is worse than smoking pot. Making pot legal would actually make it safer and clean up the borders a little bit. If you want to illegalise drugs, on principle, then there's absolutely no excuse not to illegalise tobacco. It's WORSE than marijuana and the most addictive drug on the lists.

    March 28, 2011 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • MadCityBabe

      ....nice try bud......................keep on thinking that................

      March 28, 2011 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  14. John

    Lol. If 1 person got $2, then the rest would get a little less than a dollar. So I was wrong. So act like my whole argument was wrong. Hey, that's what people do when they have an agenda. Anyway, whatever.

    March 28, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  15. John

    Our economic system is based on exploiting others because it taps into greed as a motivational agent. It works. It has worked for a long time. The cost, of course, is that you might be the person that's exploited. Remember, for every winner there's a loser. There's finite currency in the world. If there's $100 in the pot and there're 100 people they can each get $1 or one person can get $2 and the rest can get 50 cents, but make no mistake, for one to profit they must profit from another which means that winning and losing is mutual. There is NO win/win situation.

    March 28, 2011 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  16. danny

    This is no surprise to anyone. This is why she is against any policy that would interfere with the illegals coming into this country, it might interfere with her drug supply and we sure can't do that to any actor or actress.

    March 28, 2011 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  17. L Ron Hubbub

    You could have gotten to the highest level of Scientology with that money! Look what it's done for Tom Cruise!

    March 28, 2011 at 9:07 am | Report abuse |
  18. TJ

    Least surprising news ever. I mean what next are you gonna run a story that snoop dogg was high getting a grammy. Still she did pretty good accepting that award considering she was really stoned.

    March 28, 2011 at 8:29 am | Report abuse |
  19. Kill your tv

    Jenn, if we follow your logic here that means we are creating employment when we throw trash on the ground that someone ellse has to pick up!

    March 28, 2011 at 8:27 am | Report abuse |
  20. me

    re: How do you know what a horse rear end smells like, hmmmm??
    » it's hard for him to NOT smell one every night, since he usually has his tongue 1/2 way up one's colon at that time!
    in other news WHOOPI ROCKS ! TOKE UP GIRL!
    ~ 'Nuh uh you da fool ! This here's my long, Luxurious Blonde hair!'

    March 28, 2011 at 4:40 am | Report abuse |
  21. GetReal

    Every time that woman opens her mouth she says something embarrassing. Being high at the Oscars is the least of her indiscretions.

    March 27, 2011 at 10:29 pm | Report abuse |
  22. CEO

    I am CEO of Chainyankers, Inc. You fell for it. What a weeny you must be! comanchesue? what kind of moniker is that?

    March 27, 2011 at 10:10 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Bill & Ted

    Dear Annoyed Conservative Christian you , sir need bong hits more than anyone I know. It's in the book of Genesis : "Behold I give to you every seed-bearing plant for your food." That includes cannabis, dude!

    March 27, 2011 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Annoyed Conservative Christian

    No one should ever smoke pot. Even if it was made legal.

    March 27, 2011 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse |
  25. @shug avery

    1 bullet should do it!

    March 27, 2011 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
  26. T

    How do you know what a horse rear end smells like, hmmmm???

    March 27, 2011 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Shug Avery

    Ane she looks like a runaway slave! Lol! Seriously, if I looked half as bad as hes I would kill myself.

    March 27, 2011 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Shug Avery

    She sho is Ugly!

    March 27, 2011 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Whoppi smells like a horses rear-end

    Goldberg is a crappy actress and a worthless turd.

    March 27, 2011 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Jamon Haymon Jah

    Dat be one fine set of eyebrows now.

    March 27, 2011 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Klaark

    Whoa, stop the presses. The TMZ mutants dug up an ancient video and CNN feels the need to mention it. How incredibly lame.

    March 26, 2011 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • David Crosby is a burnt out fat ole hippy

      Whoopi is just another black community SHYTBAG.

      March 29, 2011 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
  32. ForSure

    Ask Montel Williams about the benefits of pot. Chemicals, really??? Someone had it right, one of God's greatest creations!!!

    March 26, 2011 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Yuk Foo

    No that would be Hill ary Clin ton and Nan cy Pe losi!

    March 26, 2011 at 8:09 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Denzel Washington

    And for the 25th straight year the Oscar for The ugliest woman in the world goes to Whoopi Goldberg!

    March 26, 2011 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • comanchesue

      What do looks have to do with what a person does or their worth? Seriously, you are a grown person and still resorting to calling people names?

      March 27, 2011 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Humpfree

      If she doesn't appeal to you, fine. But do you have to be a total prlck? Why not say something funny instead. She's a comedian, she might laugh at your stupid attempts at humor.

      March 27, 2011 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  35. madhater

    She's always finding new ways to bring up that Oscar, what's next? She got bit by a Tiger right after she won it.

    March 26, 2011 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
  36. madhater

    Othey folks can suck my butt hole.

    March 26, 2011 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Willow

    People should be nice to each other. It even says in the good book to treat othey folks the way you want to be treated. Kindness makes the world better for everyone.

    March 26, 2011 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nat E. Dred

      Dere is more dan one good book, eh. You should go to the library, mon. Many tings liek books dere. Many fine books. Sometimes I smoke them. They mak me coff bad. Reading is better, mon.

      March 27, 2011 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Bud Ganja

    There once was a girl named Whoopi, who on stage acted quite loopy, oh what a stunt, she smoked a fat blunt, and then her eyelids got all droopy!

    March 26, 2011 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Bud Ganja

    @meee: you got it wrong, mon. you are de weak one. you just jealous!

    March 26, 2011 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
  40. madhater

    I drink a 40 everyday

    March 26, 2011 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Forest Chump

    Ugly is or ugly does sir.

    March 26, 2011 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  42. meee

    she is like most americans. .WEAK!!! cant face reality without chemicals! that goes for the weak who "need" a drink to relax or "enjoy" themselves. .weak weak

    March 26, 2011 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Doctor Strange

      You can't live without chemicals either, foo. Without stress outlets, things would be very bad. Very very bad.

      March 27, 2011 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Avon Barksdale


    March 26, 2011 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Go USA

    That happwned in 1992 for christ sake. So she smoked a little weed before a show. What about all the other celebrities who are doing much worse? Hilton/cocaine. Robert Downey Jr./heroin. Sheen/drinking and God knows what else. Let it rest already.

    March 26, 2011 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  45. VIPelle

    Yeah, mon, and now instead of taxing the Cayman Islands shelters they're coming after medical marijuana collectives for back taxes. It's poignant to me that Whoopi thanked costar Patrick Swayze for her award, since he began using medical marijuana late in his cancer treatment, and it seems to have helped him. Let's settle the marijuana question once and for all and move on to the bigger ones.

    March 26, 2011 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  46. Bud Ganja

    Because dey can't patent a plant that Jah made, mon! Dem bloodclot politician don't want de truth to come out! Rastafari!!

    March 26, 2011 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  47. ACE

    If I was up for an oscar I think I would need something to calm my nerves. What I dont get is why is weed considerd so bad when you can buy liquor in grocery stores in some states. According to to Republicans drugs are only bad if C.E.Os from pfizer and Eli Lilly dont make a profit from them

    March 26, 2011 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  48. Asti_S

    So what? Like no celebs were drunk when they accepted their awards! How is this news?

    March 26, 2011 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Loquetia "Velvet" Washington

    Dat Whoopi homegrown is da BOMB, yo! Just burnt me a spliff and now I'm Chinese! DAMN!

    March 26, 2011 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  50. jillmarie

    Whoopi is so cool. She admits stuff most celebs wouldn't Anyone know where I can find her speech clip on the internet? I was too young in '91 to have seen it live. I want to see if I can tell that she's stoned!

    March 26, 2011 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
  51. Willow

    Gosh yeah. Its ok.

    March 26, 2011 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
  52. Bogart

    "don't bogart that joint, my friend... pass it over to me.... you've been holding on to it, and I sure would like a hit.." -Little Feat

    March 26, 2011 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
  53. Bill & Ted

    Dude, take a breath! Rant much? Maybe you need a little "herbal remedy" yourself. We're just sayin....

    March 26, 2011 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
  54. LelandHendrix

    Whoopi is a brilliant artist, and some of you idiots want to jump on her case for consuming a completely natural plant that she grew herself? How did she hurt anyone? SHE DIDN'T!

    There is nothing wrong supporting an artist who endeavors to bring forth brilliant performances who move people.

    @Idgaf: You say, "It's sad that in America, people feel the need to support people such as this, and line their pockets with their hard-earned money. People such as this, the rappers, the gangsters, the drug dealers, they do not deserve wealth such as this, especially when there are children starving to death in their own communities."

    You could NOT BE MORE WRONG. Whoopi is actually very compassionate, and gives back of bother herself and her money to charities of ALL sorts. How dare you lump her in with criminals! What do YOU do to give to the less fortunate in our society?

    I can respect a real discussion on differences of opinion on society, especially in how one thinks government should be run, but to make baseless personal attacks in an effort to destroy someone's character is base, vulgar, and disgusting. It only illustrates how truly pathetic you are!!

    March 26, 2011 at 9:35 am | Report abuse |
    • comanchesue

      Did you see her HBO show long, long, ago where she did several different characters? One was a Valley Girl, another was a little black girl, and I don't remember the others. What i do remember is that it was an incredible perfromance that brought me to tears several times.

      She is remarkable.

      March 27, 2011 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
  55. Yuk Foo

    Maybe just a bored stoner seeing who's chain he can yank for his own amusement, changing screen names to suit the situation.

    March 26, 2011 at 7:33 am | Report abuse |
  56. ForSure

    Ed on msnbc, he's the man! He'll tell it the way it REALLY is !

    March 26, 2011 at 1:53 am | Report abuse |
  57. Renee

    There were too many headlines about her family's personal life back then for anyone 2 notice she was high. Whoopis amazing...

    March 26, 2011 at 1:24 am | Report abuse |
  58. Huh?

    I do believe it's time for some of God's greatest creation !! C'mon Whoopie, we're outta here !

    March 25, 2011 at 11:59 pm | Report abuse |
  59. Huh?

    Palin's about as brite as a burned out light bulb!!!

    March 25, 2011 at 11:57 pm | Report abuse |
  60. The Joker

    There are no more Democrats. Their party has been infiltrated by socialists and special interests. You are ALL idiots. Not wasting time on you knuckleheads any more!

    March 25, 2011 at 11:55 pm | Report abuse |
  61. @ceo

    The hopey changey thing would work if the party of no would quit worrying about their pocketbooks & say, yes!!! It took Busch 8 yrs to drive us to the ground & people want Obama to fix it in record time with no support?? Whatever!!! You should hook up w/ Palin, you sound as brite as her!!

    March 25, 2011 at 11:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • janetd

      Just like Whoopi doesn't think the president has any problems with citizenship. He is an american because he is the President of the United States. That is really a brilliant statement. Not to mention with all of her wealth she can afford to be liberal and encourage her audience to be liberal in voting...they do not think about the economy part.

      March 27, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  62. The Joker


    March 25, 2011 at 11:24 pm | Report abuse |
  63. @bill & ted

    All better! 1 of God's greatest creations!! Ahhhhh.

    March 25, 2011 at 11:22 pm | Report abuse |
  64. CEO

    Real Person – how long have you been unemployed? Voted for Obama, did you? How's that whole "Hopey-Changey" thing workin' out?

    March 25, 2011 at 11:21 pm | Report abuse |
  65. Bill & Ted

    What a bunch of whiner babies! Chill! Here, smoke this.... inhale.... hold it.... hold it.... exhale.... aaah! all better now!

    March 25, 2011 at 11:09 pm | Report abuse |
  66. OEO YO HO

    Whoopi. Yeah that's the sound she makes.

    March 25, 2011 at 10:59 pm | Report abuse |
  67. Hey CEO

    Thousands of jobs, huh? How much of your big, fat bonus did you share with your thousands of employee's? Are they "legal"???

    March 25, 2011 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse |
  68. RealPerson

    CEO – quoting from a Star Trek spinoff invalidates you as a human being. Please stop pretending to be anything more than a pathetic loser living in your mom's basement.

    Whoopi reflects so well on her community. Whatever community that might be.

    March 25, 2011 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |
  69. CEO

    Ferengi proverb: "Living well is the best revenge!" Think what you will, my reality is better than your dream!

    March 25, 2011 at 10:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • comanchesue

      Idiot. That quote is attributed to George Herbert: English clergyman & metaphysical poet (1593 – 1633)

      Read more: http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Who_said_'Living_well_is_the_best_revenge'#ixzz1Ho7U81XQ

      March 27, 2011 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
  70. Bill & Ted

    Um, dudes, what were we talkin' about? I think someone forgot! Or are you just baked? Party On, Dudes!

    March 25, 2011 at 9:57 pm | Report abuse |
  71. Ba zing !

    Oh SNAP!! LOL thats funny,the dude probably cant make his kia payments.

    March 25, 2011 at 9:45 pm | Report abuse |
  72. Reeks of B.S.

    As someone whom actualy banks in the Caymans to avoid taxes,you sir...sound a bit like an incompetent business man.I for one feel sad for your employees.

    March 25, 2011 at 9:35 pm | Report abuse |
  73. CEO

    I employ over 2500 AMERICANS, you elitist liberal snot! I PAY MORE IN TAXES THAN YOU MAKE! Gotta go! Time to head for the Caymans to do some "banking"!

    March 25, 2011 at 8:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Melo_D

      What a loser you must be. Only a person with realy low self esteem needs to prove themself to others on a blog. A real CEO dosen't need to get on a entertainment blog to push their agenda. Truth be told you are probably some out of work loser that sits at home and watches Fox "news" all day and stews about liberals. Am I warm?

      March 26, 2011 at 1:30 am | Report abuse |
    • comanchesue

      I think you are lying. You don't write like a CEO, you don't sound like a CEO and I doubt you are a CEO.

      March 27, 2011 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
  74. Superhiro

    Yea, CEOs tend to ship more jobs overseas than they actually create. Nice try though dbag.

    March 25, 2011 at 8:38 pm | Report abuse |
  75. The Truth

    Funny how liberals want to tax the rich until they become rich? Then they lie, cheat, and perjure themselves to hide their money, like Joe Biden's yacht!

    March 25, 2011 at 8:36 pm | Report abuse |
  76. CEO

    When you can create jobs for thousands of people, there should be a hefty paycheck! How many of you ever got a job from a poor person?

    March 25, 2011 at 8:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • comanchesue

      I doubt any of the CEO's actually created any jobs. What they do create is profits and a big way to create profits is to underpay the workers responsible for the product & cut back on maintenance (potentially endangering the workers). Some of these profits will go back into the company, much of the profits will go in multimillion dollar salaries which are based on performance. This model didn't work well for Enron where the books were cooked to show a profit so the upper level folks would get obscene bonuses based of perfomrance that was fictional. The employees and stockholders lost their life savings, their retirement monies, and their jobs. Don't imply that CEO's give a crap for the line workers because they do not.

      CEO's, CFO's, etc are a danger to the company when bonuses are predicated on performance.

      March 27, 2011 at 9:39 am | Report abuse |
    • lab-rat

      Creating Jobs? Unless you created the product, own the patent, developed the product, opened the business, you then created jobs.
      If youwent to the "B" school and got an MBA, held various jobs, and then were made CEO, you did not create any job but your own,You actually only manage positions of those whom you climbed over. Those same people who you now deign to give paychecks.
      You, CEO, have a golden parachute, most of the people who work in your company have urine yellow, because of what trickles down on them from above.

      March 27, 2011 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Jenn

      Actually doctors, surgeons, nurses make their paychecks off thousands of poor people. So the poor are providing jobs, Same goes for school teachers. Then there are poor consumers– they keep the grocery stores open which means store clerks, produce specialists, delivery truck drivers etc.

      March 28, 2011 at 3:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Lobo74

      A lot of people get jobs from poor people. Social Service people suck money from taxpayers because of them.

      April 20, 2011 at 4:59 am | Report abuse |
  77. Bill & Ted

    Dude, couldn't you tell she was a stoner from the stupid bullsh!t she says on "The View"? (and the dreadlocks, of course!)

    March 25, 2011 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse |
  78. @idgaf

    Whoopi doesn't buy from dealers. She said it was her homegrown. To Superhiro, I'm with ya on the ceo's, rich people etc...!

    March 25, 2011 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
  79. Superhiro

    Lol I don't necessarily think that trust fund babies, CEOs and billionaires deserve their wealth either Idgaf

    March 25, 2011 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
  80. Be Quiet

    good for you girl! She definitely deserved the Oscar that year.

    I'd love to burn one with Whoopi!

    March 25, 2011 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  81. LBWl

    She's not the first one to do that.

    March 25, 2011 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  82. Think123

    Stoned from the day she was born.

    March 25, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  83. MI Gal

    I loved the part she played in Ghost, she deserved that award! I, also, like her on the view! I wonder if she has a "card"???

    March 25, 2011 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  84. Superhiro

    Is there a point in time when Whoopi isn't high? That would be news.

    March 25, 2011 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • InternetSpy

      Whoopi and the View phonies


      March 26, 2011 at 11:03 pm | Report abuse |

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