Whoopi Goldberg apologizes for New York Times slam
Whoopi Goldberg has apologized for calling a New York Times article about African-American Oscar winners, "shoddy reporting."
The co-host of ABC daytime talk show "The View" won an Academy Award for "Best Supporting Actress for her role in the 1990 movie "Ghost" but was not mentioned in the piece.
The Sunday article, titled "Hollywood's Whiteout," had said there was a lack of diversity among this year's nominees. Goldberg had said on "The View" earlier this week: "It's hard not to take it personally. This is sloppy journalism."
The article, written by film critics Manohla Dargis and A.O. Scott, does mention several actors who have won since Halle Berry and Denzel Washington nabbed both Best Actor awards in 2002, including Jamie Foxx and Mo'Nique.
"I said that I felt the reporting was shoddy and for that I'm going to apologize," Goldberg said on "The View" on Wednesday, February 16. "I personally found the article really confusing, and as I said, I was also quite hurt that Cuba Gooding Jr., Louis Gossett Jr., and myself were not included in this expose about black Hollywood. But for saying it was shoddy reporting, I apologize, New York Times."
"The View" co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck said following Goldberg's original comments that she had canceled her subscription to the newspaper in protest.
The New York Times had responded to "The View," saying in statement: "The point of the piece was not to name every black actor or actress who has been awarded an Oscar, it was to draw a comparison between the number who won prior to 2002 and those who have won since."