10/11/2021 UPDATE: Whoopi Goldberg told TMZ that she has no hard feelings toward Corcoran. "She doesn't have to apologize. I know her," Goldberg said. "You know, this is the lady that threw away her birthday party to get into a coffin. So, you know, Barbara's always been funny and weird. And that's who she is. And, no, it takes a lot more to offend me."
What would have been just another appearance by the stars of Shark Tank on The View Thursday — both are long-running ABC shows — became something else entirely after one of the reality competition's panelists, Barbara Corcoran, made a comment about the size of one of the talk show's co-hosts, Whoopi Goldberg.
Corcoran ended up apologizing in a video post on social media: "I just came back from The View and saw my old friend Whoopi. As you well know, she has a phenomenal sense of humor, and I've known Whoopi for years," she told the camera. "I made a joke at Whoopi's expense, which I now realize wasn't funny. For anyone who I may have offended unintentionally, I just wanted to say, I really am very sorry." She captioned it, "Love ya Whoopi," with a heart emoji.
— Barbara Corcoran (@BarbaraCorcoran) October 7, 2021
Yahoo Entertainment has reached out to Goldberg for comment.
Corcoran was sorry for a comment she made while several "sharks" were sitting at the table with their hosts. In a moment of network synergy, they were promoting their upcoming season, which premieres Friday and features Emma Grede, the co-founder and CEO of Good American denim, as a guest panelist. (Significantly, Grede will be the first Black woman to fill the role.)
While they discussed the brand, The View co-host Sunny Hostin cheered it for offering a wide range of sizes.
Goldberg then joked, "Well, I have to try them." She also asked, "Will they fit this COVID [butt]?"
"Yes, they will," Hostin said, as the group laughed good-naturedly.
Co-host Ana Navarro said, "They fit this COVID [butt]!"
The laughter was dying down when Corcoran spoke up: "And when you get finished with those jeans, and decide you don't like them, give them to me. I'm gonna make two pairs."
Goldberg looked unhappy, as Navarro cut in to defend her.
"OK, so now we don't like you," she said. "Wait, wait, wait, Whoopi, can I just tell you something? Both [The View co-host] Sara Haines and [first lady] Jill Biden wore that dress already on TV," while pointing at Corcoran and tearing up her notes for the segment.
In the moment, Corcoran's response was to indignantly say, "That's not true!"
However, she posted the apology for her remarks before noon.
Navarro, meanwhile, tweeted the entire segment, captioning it, "Thanks for stopping by, Sharks. Looking forward to the new season."
Thanks for stopping by, Sharks.
Looking forward to the new season. 🦈 https://t.co/vr8yCennaa
— Ana Navarro-Cárdenas (@ananavarro) October 7, 2021
The rest of social media wasn't so quick to move on, and most of it seemed to stand with Goldberg and Navarro.
— Kemu (@kemu808) October 7, 2021
— C. Nelson (@Denali99) October 7, 2021
— Sloane-Boekbinder (@SlBoekbinder) October 7, 2021
— RoMane ³⁰ 🇯🇲🦚 (@thesaintromane) October 7, 2021
Ana is my hero after today! 👏 She don't play with weight jokes, especially when it's about Whoopi #TheView
— Angie C. (@Music_Is_Me88) October 7, 2021
Fat-shaming Whoopi Goldberg on her own show?
Sometimes people just cancel themselves and don't even need cancel culture to come for them.#TheView
— Victoria Brownworth (@VABVOX) October 7, 2021
This story was originally published on Oct. 7, 2021 at 7:39 p.m. PT.