Whoopi Goldberg was forced to appeal for help from The View’s live audience when she completely blanked on an important detail recently.
Whoopi Goldberg suffered another embarrassing blunder on The View while interviewing singer Ne-Yo.
The actor, 66, was left red-faced when she failed to remember the term “Nielsen ratings” while promoting Ne-Yo’s new album and had to beg the audience for help, reports The Sun.
During a recent episode of The View, Whoopi and her co-hosts had Ne-Yo on during their broadcast from the Bahamas.
While wrapping up their interview, the moderator said: “Thank you for always being here for us, we do love the poo out of you.”
She then instructed viewers to pre-order his album, but urged them to do it “at the end of the show”.
Whoopi stumbled over words as she added: “So we can get the … nee … what’s it called?” before breaking off and appealing for help from the audience.
Someone shouted in, “Nielsen ratings,” which other members of The View panel seemed to confirm.
Laughing over her mistake, Whoopi added hastily: “We want the ratings!”
Nielsen ratings are used to measure how many viewers tune in to watch shows across the US.
To celebrate the show’s 25th anniversary, The View’s hosts enjoyed a Bahamas getaway together and filmed the show on-location from their luxury Baha Mar Resort vacation.
While fans understood that the cast was there to honour The View’s milestone moment, they slammed the show, and especially Whoopi, for how they went about it all, and the timing of it.
Whoopi frustrated fans when she claimed in Monday’s episode that viewers could “live through” the group’s idyllic vacation.
“Definitely thought that was a bit cringe and out of touch,” one user wrote on social media.
They added: “I don’t think they have to feel bad about sharing their stories, having fun but trying to frame it as being inspirational/helpful for others rubbed me the wrong way.”
Another commented: “Why do I want to see them having fun in some fabulous location I cannot go to?
“This trip in particular seems very out of touch and indulgent and completely out of sync given everything that is going on in America.”
Meanwhile, last month fans vowed to boycott the show over Whoopi’s cursing live on air.
The actor swore while talking about parenting on a recent episode, saying: “Sometimes you have to be an a** to be a parent.”
Cursing on air
The comedian’s language didn’t go down so well with viewers at home, with one writing on Reddit: “Whoopi and Sunny’s [Hostin] foul language was a bit much today.”
The user also called out the hosts for cursing while talking about tighter gun control.
“Between Whoopi using the word ‘b**chin’ and Sunny refering to Republicans ‘p**sing on her leg when it’s raining’ I had to turn off,” they wrote.
“I know they’re passionate about gun issues but this is daytime TV, not the Howard Stern show. Some people have kids home for the summer.”
Another posted on Twitter: “Does Whoopi really need to swear all the time?”
Whoopi also came under fire back in February, when she was suspended from The View over her comments about the Holocaust.
The talk show host left fans horrified when she claimed the Holocaust was “not about race” – despite the fact that six million Jewish people were murdered by the Nazis.
She made the comments while discussing the recent scandal after a Tennessee school board voted to remove the Pulitzer Prize-winning graphic novel Maus from an eighth-grade language arts curriculum.
The board had claimed the book is unsuitable because of bad language and the depiction of female nudity.
It was removed from this school’s curriculum after months of increased pressure from parents in some districts over books that focus on issues of race, gender identity, and sexuality.
“I’m surprised that’s what made you uncomfortable, the fact that there was some nudity. I mean, it’s about the Holocaust, the killing of 6 million people, but that didn’t bother you?” Whoopi said on The View.
She later said: “If you’re going to do this, then let’s be truthful about it. Because the Holocaust isn’t about race. No, it’s not about race.”
Co-host Joy Behar hit back: “Then what was it about?”
“It’s about man’s inhumanity to man. That’s what it’s about,” she responded.
Whoopi later expressed regret for her words in an apology on Twitter.
“My words upset so many people, which was never my intention,” she said.
“I understand why now and for that, I am deeply, deeply grateful because the information I got was really helpful and helped me understand some different things.”
This article originally appeared in The Sun and was reproduced with permission.