Whoopi Goldberg Responds to Rachel Bilson’s Remarks on The View, Controversy and Clarifications

Gen Z and Millennials, according to Whoopi Goldberg, are unable to climb the housing ladder because they only want to work 4 hours a day.

The O.C. and Hart of Dixie star made remarks about examining the sexual background of possible love partners, which drew criticism from Whoopi Goldberg on The View. 

Bilson then had a conversation with EW to clarify the situation. As a longtime fan of Whoopi, I must admit that I was alarmed to see in the tagline that she took issue with something I had said, Bilson tells EW.

Whoopi shared a message on X regarding an episode of The View: 

The Oscar-winning Ghost star, 67, responded to a clipped segment of Bilson’s Broad Ideas podcast in which the 42-year-old said—and then quickly walked back—that she would find a potential boyfriend’s lack of sexual experience a little weird if he was in his forties on the ABC talk show, which Bilson claims she has not watched in full.

Bilson goes into further detail, referencing an earlier incident on Broad Ideas in which she acknowledged that it was not “fair” for her to analyze someone’s sexual life. 

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Bilson continues, saying that she felt the podcast conversation as a whole was not covered on the show, which is why she felt compelled to address Goldberg’s remarks.

When EW asked for comment, representatives for Goldberg and The View did not get back to us right away.

In the previously mentioned Broad Ideas episode, Allen asked Bilson how she felt about a potential love interest’s past sexual experiences and whether or not it mattered to her to know a higher or lower number when choosing a partner. 

Olivia Allen, cohost of Broad Ideas, also tells EW that she wishes The View Table had watched the entire episode before discussing it live.

Whoopi, A little history

Whoopi Goldberg, whose real name is Caryn Elaine Johnson, is an American actress, comedian, writer, and television personality. Her birthday is November 13, 1955. 

She is one of the eighteen entertainers to win the EGOT, which consists of an Emmy, a Grammy, an Academy Award, and a Tony Award. She has received many honors. 

The Mark Twain Prize for American Humor was awarded to Whoopi in 2001.

Goldberg debuted on stage in 1983 with her solo Spook Show, which ran on Broadway as Whoopi Goldberg from 1984 to 1985. 

Her breakthrough performance came in Steven Spielberg’s period drama The Color Purple in 1985, where she played a mistreated woman named Celie in the Deep South. 

For this role, she was awarded the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Motion Picture—Drama.

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