Whoopi Goldberg got into a discussion with Meghan Markle’s claims she felt “objectified” during her time on the hit game show Deal or no deal. The 66-year-old comedian disagreed with the former actress’ statements, saying she believed the contestants and viewers were more concerned about the money in the suitcases than the beautiful women they were holding, during a hot topic discussion about The view on Wednesday October 19. “On that show, you actually had a briefcase, and they wanted to know, is this the deal you want or this isn’t the deal you want?” she said in the video. “I don’t know if the people sitting there think of you that way. They think, ‘I want the money.’”
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The Duchess of Sussex, 41, spoke about the experiences on Deal or no deal on her podcast archetypes while we discuss the ‘bimbo’ archetype. “I didn’t like being forced to have only looks and little substance, and that’s how it felt to me at the time,” she said.
Besides disagreeing, Whoopi explained that some of the acting takes on less flattering jobs than you might expect. “We are artists. If you’re an artist, you take the gig,” she said. “Sometimes you’re in a bozo suit. Sometimes you have a big nose, and that’s just the way it is. We are not journalists. We are actors. We’re trying to get to another place.” The Oscar winner repeated that point moments later, explaining that sometimes that’s just part of working in show business. “That’s TV, honey. was going to do?” she said.
Whoopi also explained that she also wondered how the other women felt on the show, and even if Meghan felt “objectified,” her comments may hurt her former colleagues. “You left and that was your privilege, but I feel bad because I don’t think people looked at these girls that way. They want the money,’ she said. “If you see it and that’s how you feel, you may not want the other women to feel bad.”
In fact, one of Meghan’s former co-stars Donna Feldman came out to publicly disagree with her in an exclusive interview with HollywoodLife. “During my time on the show, in my opinion, neither myself nor anyone else I worked with was ever treated as such. However, it is important to note that everyone has their own experience, and I can only speak from mine,” said the actress.
During the discussion on ‘Hot Topics’, Whoopi pointed to another game show icon, as she spoke about her thoughts on Meghan. “Vanna White [from Wheel of Fortune] is always into something interesting and beautiful, and she did this, and the objectification could come from you and how you felt about how these women were portrayed.
Whoopi’s co-host Joy Behar did raise a question about how so many game shows work. “How come every game show is run by a guy — pretty much, except yours maybe, and a few others — and some gorgeous woman turning letters or holding a box?” she wondered. Whoopi did suggest that someone should “write a new game show”.
#The view In my opinion, Whoopi is not concerned with this. Meghan Markle and all the women wouldn’t have been on that show without great shapes and good looks. I get what Meghan said. It wasn’t for her and that’s okay.
— Spiffy (@ChillNoCliqChic) October 19, 2022
A few fans were also angry at Whoopi’s comments about Meghan, shouting: The view moderator on Twitter. A fan wrote that they were surprised that Whoopi’s co-hosts didn’t push back. One viewer wrote that she was “wrong” in a tweet. A few others echoed that point, explaining that Meghan was speaking from personal experience. “In my opinion, Whoopi is not into this. Meghan Markle and all the women wouldn’t have been on that show without great shapes and good looks. I get what Meghan said. It wasn’t for her and that’s okay,” a fan tweeted.