Oh dear, all is not well in camp Whoopi Goldberg. The actress and The View co-host has come out fighting to deny she hit a reality TV star while taping the talk show.
Real Housewives of D.C. personality Michaele Salahi has accused Goldberg of striking her during her Wednesday appearance on The View, according to a rep for the show.
A statement released by the show says the one-time White House party crasher and her husband, Tareq, were engaged in a heated debate with Goldberg after the show’s taping.
At one point during Salahi’s appearance, Whoopi (who was backstage) while the TV star was interviewed by Joy Behar and Sherri Shepherd, lightly touched Salahi to get her attention and said to her, “Excuse me, can you get back to the White House, please?” meaning could she return to the original subject of the conversation.
Salahi and her hubby recently hit the deadlines for reportedly gate-crashing a White House State Dinner.
“I felt someone touch me,” Salahi said.
“That was Whoopi Goldberg, she don’t come out unless she’s passionate about something,” Shepherd chimed in.
The Daily Beast reports that after the show, Whoopi “burst into a room Michaele was sitting in with Tareq and screamed: ‘I didn’t f*****g hit you! Did you say I f*****g hit you?’”
While a statement for the ABC show says: “After the show, Ms. Salahi and her husband accused Whoopi of hitting Ms. Salahi. As the broadcast clearly shows, the accusation was completely unfounded and erroneous. After the show and after being told she was being accused of hitting Ms. Salahi, Whoopi proceeded to defend herself verbally from this baseless claim in a heated exchange with the Salahis.”
The Salahis’ lawyer, Lisa Bloom, spoke to E! News and said Salahi was in tears backstage and told a show producer she was upset that Goldberg had come up behind her and “grabbed her arm.”
Salahi, meanwhile, has written on her Twitter page that she will “address on Thursday Morning LIVE on National TV the outrageous abuse and exchange that took place on the ABC Show the View and a [sic] audio & video file from Whoopi Goldberg verbal attack to Michaele.”
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