Whoopi Goldberg has an awkward moment criticizing American Idol
At the beginning of the week The viewWhoopi brought up the show and actually called it “the beginning of the downfall of society.”
And while Whoopi has every right to feel that way about a televised singing competition, it probably wasn’t a good idea to bring it up on ABC—the network where American Idol radiates.
He even got it The viewExecutive producer Brian Teta was in on the conversation … and awkwardly had to try to stop him.
“We as a society like to look at things to judge people,” he said. “I always thought the beginning of the downfall of society was… what’s the name of that show?”
Brian interjected to remind Whoopi that it was the show she was referring to American Idol AND that it was on ABC.
“It wasn’t always on ABC. When it started, it was on another network,” Whoopi shot back, referring to the show on FOX from 2002 to 2016.
She continued: “I’ll tell you why. After giving people the opportunity to judge other people, I think we ran amok with it and it got out of control… They invited the public to decide who that person was.”
I feel like at this point, Brian was totally freaking out off camera because something he did finally caught Whoopi’s eye – and she suddenly stopped.
“Did you really do that?” Whoopi asked Brian, apparently referring to what he was doing off camera.
“The thing is, we discussed this, it got better, now I like it, remember?” Brian encouraged awkwardly.
The ladies burst out laughing as they tried to cover Whoopi’s tracks, telling ABC that Whoopi obviously a fan of the show.
Whoopi also seemed to get the message and explained Idol has become “a different show” since joining ABC’s lineup.
“The judges are different,” he said. “When it first started, it was very different … and ABC knows how I feel. I told them, they have nothing to do with them.”
TBD if ABC feels it’s “nothing to do with them” — but I think we can all assume Whoopi won’t be talking American Idol any more!