Whoopi Goldberg returned to The View today with a whole new panel, and she says there’s a reason viewers may have noticed that she looks a little different: she’s lost a significant amount of weight.
“About 35 pounds. I happened to notice that I had begun to look like a linebacker. I happened to look over and there was Sherri, skinny, and I said, ‘What did you do?’ She said, ‘I’ve been doing Rocco DiSpirito’s one pound a day diet.’ I said, ‘Please, I want to do it too,'” she told ABC News.
Though the show features a mostly new batch of ladies, including Rosie O’Donnell, Rosie Perez, and Nicolle Wallace, veteran reporter Barbara Walters did make a cameo at the beginning of the season 18 premiere to welcome the newcomers.
“Thank you, my pals,” she said from a throne brought to the stage just for her. “This is wonderful, but it’s unnecessary because, of course, you have my blessings. Now go out there and let them see why we have the best show on daytime television.”
Goldberg and Walters were the subject of some rumors earlier this year after it was reported that Goldberg walked off set one day muttering that she had been “working with a cranky 85-year-old woman who’s mad about everything for 2 years, and I need a break.”
“Someone has tried to stir this pot before. This is absolutely absurd. Whoopi is a consummate professional and has an enormous amount of respect for Barbara with whom she has a professional and personal relationship. Unless you were there and heard it first hand, this is nothing more than mean and hurtful rumor,” an ABC exec said in a statement.