Wednesday, September 05, 2007


So, Whoopi Goldberg's debut in the post Rosie O'Donell era of "The View" didn't exactly go off that smoothly.

Most people hailed Whoopi as a positive choice to replace the always-controversial Rosie, and she still might be.

But she didn't exactly get off on the right foot Tuesday, appearing to defend Michael Vick by saying dogfighting is part of the Southern culture. (FYI, I've lived in the south my entire life, and I've never been to a dogfight. Just sayin')

Anyway, Whoopi and company spent the first five minutes of Wednesday's show backtracking from the comments, saying the media quoted her out of context and such. (We apparently do that a lot).

Maybe Whoopi's comments were misconstrued, but at this stage, it's almost beside the point. "The View" is taped live and discussions are frequently political in nature, so there is a possibility each day of any hostess or guest saying something that will be taken the wrong way.

Here's hoping Whoopi learns that lesson quickly.

WEDNESDAY'S BEST BETS: Man, if anyone knew that Amy Sedaris and Gina Gershon would be this brilliant as guest stars as they have been, the producers of "Rescue Me" probably would have brought them in much earlier. As it is, both scene-stealing ladies return tonight (FX, 10 p.m.) simply to provide Tommy more aggravation than usual. This show is at its best when Tommy is aggravated.


Jonathan said...

I don't get offended easily, but living in the South (Nashville) and loving the hell out of dogs (my wife and I have 3 Saint Bernards), Whoopi's comment annoyed me to say the least. Never been a big fan of Whoopi, but at the same time I'm not usually home to watch "The View." And even if I was I don't think they are trying to gain my demographic as a viewer, so maybe it's all moot. But what a stupid thing to say.

Gina Gershon has always been one of my favorite scene stealers. She was a bright spot in an otherwise dismal season of "Psych" this year which I gave up on about three episodes ago. And if you can come out of "Showgirls" with the only good performance, you must be doing something right. But I agree thanks to great work by Gershon and Sedaris, "Rescue Me" is coming around rather nicely to wrap up its strangest season yet.

Phillip Ramati said...

Well, Whoopi backtracked today, and all of the ladies on The View were quick to defend her. Whoopi also listed her track record as an animal lover/owner, something she probably should have mentioned yesterday when she was making the Vick comments.