Barbara Corcoran Accused of Fat-Shaming Co-host Whoopi Goldberg During Roundtable Discussion on ‘The View’

Barbara Ann Corcoran is an American investor, businesswoman, syndicated columnist, and TV personality.

Last year the 72-year-old investor joined the panel of ABC’s The View to discuss the new guest host on the show, Emma Grede, co-founder of the Good American clothing brand.

During the discussion, cohost Whoopi Goldberg jokingly asked if the jeans would fit her figure as they commented on a pair of jeans.

“Will they fit this COVID [butt]?” said Goldberg.

Barbara responded affirmingly, “When you get finished with those jeans and decide you don’t like them, give them to me. I’m gonna make two pairs.”

After her attempted joke, the show’s audience and Whoopie herself were stunned for a moment before their fellow host, Navarro, said,

“Whoopi, let me just tell you something, both Sara Haines and Jill Biden wore that dress already on TV,” she said, referring to Barbara’s wardrobe.

“Donald Trump Jr. tried that on me. It didn’t work! No no no,” she added.

Many people who were not amused with Barbara’s unthoughtful joke applauded Navarro for quickly coming to Goldberg’s defense with her witty comeback.

“Ana is that girl! Ride or die, and I love her for it! @ananavarro said don’t you come for Whoopi! Barbara Corcoran went too far. #TheView.” One Twitter user wrote.

“Make @ananavarro a permanent cohost on #TheView, NOW. The way she checked @BarbaraCorcoran (who shaded @WhoopiGoldberg for no reason whatsoever) was masterful.” Said another.

According to Us Weekly, after the duo left the stage, The View’s cohost, Joy Behar, explained to the audience,

“Since this is going to be a major news story any minute now, what happened is that Sonny and Ana both apparently tested positive for COVID.”

“No matter how hard we try, these things happen. They probably have a breakthrough case and they’ll be OK, I’m sure, because they’re both vaccinated up the wazoo. A lot of vaccines.”

However, it was later confirmed that the test results were inaccurate, and none got COVID.

After the episode, Corcoran came under severe criticism for making the insensitive joke, and many people called her out for not being funny at all.

After realizing her blunder and listening to people’s criticism, Barbara took to her Twitter and apologized for her not-so-funny remark on Whoopi.

“I just came back from The View and saw my old friend, Whoopi,” Corcoran said in her video. “As you well know, she has a phenomenal sense of humor and I’ve known Whoopi for years.”

“I made a joke at Whoopi’s expense that I now realize wasn’t funny. For anyone who I may have offended unintentionally, I just wanted to say I really am very sorry.”

While Whoopie said that she was okay with her response and knew that she was joking,

“Barbara we have been friends forever and I know your humor, I knew you were kidding,” she commented on her video clip.

However, Barbara’s apology didn’t sit well with the listeners, and many pointed out that Barb was more focused on pleasing her audience and people on the internet than actually apologizing to Whoopie.

‘”To those I may [have] offended” is not an apology. It lends responsibility on the listener and implies they may be the one lacking a sense of humor. Take full responsibility and lead with only yourself,” a user commented under her Tweet.

Meanwhile, another user corrected her behavior and suggested how Corcoran’s apology should have sounded like,

“I said something rude to Whoopi that may have hurt her feelings and likely hurt the feelings of several other people, whether they are overweight, love someone who is overweight, or are just good people.” 

“Body-shaming is unkind, and I am sorry for what I said.”

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Sources: Us WeeklyTwitterDaily Mail

1 comment
  1. Joke was in poor taste but she is a classy lady and definitely don’t mean to hurt Whoopi or anyone else. What words she chose to use in her sincere apology does not change the fact that she acknowledges that it had the potential to trigger someone who dies t know her as well as Whoopi said she dies and knows her humor and knew she wasn’t trying to hurt her. So everyone else should trust Whoopi that it was a bad joke and nothing more.

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