Whoopi Goldberg seems to be one of the few Hollywood power players to publicly defend Kanye West, and explain that his vapid ego is essential to his survival within the klan of man-eating Kardashian women. While Kanye continues his mission to offend as many people as possible — all while the rest of the world observes his emotional downward spiral — the host of The View discussed the troubled rapper on the show Thursday morning, and surprised viewers and co-hosts alike when she offered a sympathetic opinion about why Kim’s baby daddy is fueled by turning up and showing out, Jet magazine reports.
“Listen, his mother raised him to believe in himself. And I believe his mom said to him, ‘If you don’t believe in you, nobody will,'” she reasoned, going on to say that Kanye’s ego is probably essential to his survival in the Kardashian family. “Now, [Kanye’s mother]’s not there any more. And that family that he’s married in to, they eat men.”
Kanye started off the year by gifting his fans with new music and promising to deliver the best tracks anyone has ever heard. He has since delivered his latest project, The Life of Pablo, which he released last week exclusively on Jay-Z’s streaming service Tidal. Before the release of the album, Kanye — perhaps feeling a bit uncertain about his falling A-list status — reignited his obsession with former love Amber Rose and pop star Taylor Swift. West used their status to help generate buzz for himself and keep his name in the press by attacking Rose and taking credit for Swift’s stellar career in music.
You will recall how, last month, West took to Twitter to once again attack Amber, as well as the father of her son, rapper Wiz Khalifa. He crossed the line when he told Amber and Wiz that he “owned” their child, a comment he later acknowledged was inappropriate and apologized for saying.
West followed-up his rant on Rose by dropping a track called “Famous” in which he takes credit for Taylor’s success and suggests the two will have sex one day. Swift dismissed Kanye’s narcissism while accepting yet another award at the 58th Grammy Awards this past Monday. When asked by reporters if he thought Swift should’ve shown him more respect during her acceptance speech, West responded with a flat-out “no,” Us Weekly reports.
“It’s like, I want the best for that person, but there’s people going through real issues out here,” Kanye said. “There’s people out of work. There’s people in debt that can’t make it out of the debt. There’s people that’s in debt that don’t have a shoe. There’s people that are in debt that don’t have a hit album out also — you know what I’m saying? … I don’t think people care about me or her in that way. People care about their families, their kids. If you like my music, listen to it. If you like her music, listen to it.”
Goldberg attributes Kanye’s behavior to his “strong ego,” which she says critics should stop labeling as “crazy.”
“So, in order to maintain who you are, I think you have to have a strong ego,” Whoopi explained to her The View co-hosts. “We always say, ‘young Black men have to have big egos.’ And then you got a young Black man with a big ego, and people go, ‘oh, he’s crazy.'”
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Meanwhile, Whoopi is said to be secretly embroiled in a power play with her co-host, Joy Behar, who has been given a million dollar raise and is eyeing Goldberg’s moderator seat. Daily Mail Online exclusively reports that “Whoopi is trying to maintain her footing while negotiating her future with the long-running talk show.” A source reveals ABC News executives met with the Oscar-winning comedian/actress about the possibilities of her staying on for two more years, but staying on would mean a pay cut, and Whoopi ain’t having that.
“In the meeting, they told her they would like to keep her around but would have to drastically cut her salary. Whoopi was very matter-of-fact in telling them that if they cut her salary, they would have to cut her days as well,” a source tells Daily Mail Online.
Whoopi joined the show as moderator in 2007 and renegotiated her contract in 2014. She now makes $5 million a year, however, ABC executives have reportedly told her that if she wants to stay on the show, then her pay is going to be cut to $2 million a year to stay, taking her back to her original salary when she joined the show.
“Whoopi was furious when they told her what they were offering. She told the executives flat out, ‘If you want Joy dammit, just say you want Joy then,” the source reveals.
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Whoopi Goldberg has been nominated for 13 Emmy Awards for her work in television, and is one of the few entertainers who has won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony Award. She was the second black woman in the history of the Academy Awards to win an acting Oscar. At the end of the month, she’s set to guest star on an episode of Blue Bloods, where she’ll play City Council Speaker Regina Thomas. The series airs on Fridays at 10 p.m. ET on CBS.
Tell us what you think of Whoopi Goldberg’s tense negotiations with The View, do you think it’s time for her to step down and let Joy Behar lead the discussions?
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