Whoopi Goldberg had a bit of a foggy start to the week this morning on The View when she struggled to read a cue card live on air, but the veteran co-host assured the audience that her slip-up was nothing but a little bit of jet-lag. And hey, it’s Monday — we get it.
Goldberg’s gaffe came at the start of the show when she was introducing the first of that day’s Hot Topics. As she began, “I do want to point out that you-know-who,” she paused and turned to her co-host Sara Haines, asking, “Uh— what does that say? My brain just went.”
Haines took the notecard from Goldberg and read aloud, “Why aren’t they 5,000 times more upset with you-know-who?” — if you haven’t guessed by now, “you-know-who” is Donald Trump — and Goldberg was right back on track, telling the panel, “Because you-know-who traded for no one and gave 5,000 people! He gave 5,000 Taliban guys and traded them for no one. So how come nobody is bitching about that?”
With the conversation officially kicked off, the panel debated during a lively chat about the Republican response to Brittney Griner’s release, and when The View returned from a commercial break, Goldberg explained her blunder earlier in the show.
“I have to explain something. I think I am tired,” she said. “Because I was looking at what I was supposed to be reading, because you know, you write stuff and then you can’t read it, and then you’ve got to go to somebody and pray that they can read what’s happening.”
“So I don’t want people to think that anything is wrong with me. I was just having a moment because I am tired,” she continued, before explaining that she’d been overseas for her new movie, Till, just days before.
“I was in London over the weekend promoting Till, and came back yesterday,” Goldberg said.
Haines joked, “She doesn’t know what time zone she’s in right now,” but regardless of where she is, Goldberg assured the audience, “I’m pretty sure I’m still me.”