02:33 PM EDT 05/06/2013
Originally posted 05/03/2013 06:00AM
Could Whoopi Golberg's next project be opening a restaurant of her own?
The View host recently stepped out for lunch at Delmonico's in New York, where she got a behind-the-scenes look at how the legendary restaurant operates.
Goldberg took a tour with the restaurant's executive chef Billy Oliva – and even got a history lesson (Delmonico's, near Wall Street on Lower Manhattan's Beaver Street, has been dubbed America's first fine dining restaurant).
"She was in a great mood. After her tour, Whoopi posed for photos with the staff," an onlooker tells PEOPLE. "She even went into the kitchen to pose with the sous chefs."
Originally posted 03/11/2013 11:25AM
Not so fast.
Following last week's news that original co-host Joy Behar will be leaving The View, along with rumors that Brooke Shields will be coming aboard to replace Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Barbara Walters attempted to set the record straight on Monday's program.
Walters, who made her entrance at the top of the show on Hasselbeck's arm, looked at the camera and said she wished to address "a particularly false story." She said that reports that Hasselbeck's opposing political views, as expressed on the show, were not forcing her removal.
"We love Elisabeth," said Walters, who also said that the others appreciate her political differences, too.
Originally posted 01/28/2013 12:40PM
While much of Hollywood is suffering from the flu, Barbara Walters has come down with the chicken pox.
The View host was hospitalized after injuring her head in a fall during inauguration festivities. She was transferred to a New York hospital late last week and remains there with her new infection.
"You all know that she fell and cut her head 10 days ago, and then was running a temperature, but it turns out it is all the result of a delayed childhood," her co-host Whoopi Goldberg explained on the air Monday.
Originally posted 11/02/2011 06:00PM
Wedding bells are ringing again for Whoopi Goldberg's daughter.
Alex Martin, 37, remarried Bernard Dean on Oct. 15 in Las Vegas, Goldberg's rep tells PEOPLE exclusively.
The wedding was attended by the couple's immediate family, including their three children and The View co-host, 55, who was performing in town that weekend.
– Alla Byrne
Originally posted 09/08/2011 04:00PM
Whether it's a hurricane or a new housemate, it seems adversity keeps finding a young cat named Vinny.
The gray kitty made headlines in July when he was thrown from a moving car on New York City's Verrazano Bridge. He was rescued, and later adopted by Whoopi Goldberg, who met him when he paid a visit to The View later that month.
Originally posted 08/25/2011 12:00PM
A resilient kitten who survived being thrown from a moving car on New York City's Verrazano Bridge in July has found a permanent home with Whoopi Goldberg.
The View cohost announced on her Facebook page Monday that she adopted the Russian blue cat named Verrazano, whose survival story tugged at heartstrings when he visited the talk show in July.
"For all of you who remember me on The View meeting Verrazano," she wrote, "I adopted him and I was finally able to take him home."
Originally posted 03/24/2011 03:30PM
Whoopi Goldberg wasn't just high on excitement the night that she won an Oscar in 1991.
In an old video of The View co-host, which surfaced in the Internet Thursday, she admitted she was stoned while accepting the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role in Ghost.
"Smoking cigarettes and pot every now and then are my habits. And I thought, 'I've got to relax.' So I smoked this wonderful joint that was the last of my home grown," Goldberg explains in the video posted by TMZ.
Originally posted 02/14/2011 03:05PM
When Whoopi Goldberg caught sight of an recent New York Times article discussing the lack of racial diversity among this year's Academy Award nominees, she naturally expected to see her own name.
But Goldberg, 55, who won an Oscar for her role in 1990's Ghost, wasn't mentioned at all in the story – and that smarted.
"I am embarrassed to tell you it hurt me terribly," Goldberg said on The View Monday. "When you win an Academy Award, that's part of what you've done, your legacy. I will always be Academy Award-winner Whoopi Goldberg, and [I] have been dismissed and erased by The New York Times film critics, who should know better."
Originally posted 02/05/2011 04:30PM
A lot has changed in the 21 years since Annette Bening earned her first Oscar nomination.
Bening, 52, a Best Actress nominee this year for The Kids Are All Right, recalls award season being much less circus-like in 1990 – so much so that she and her fellow Best Supporting Actress nominees could make a friendly wager and then all get together, without a peep from the media.
"In the orchestra section, there were no cameras then, and so we were all chatting," says Bening, who'd been nominated for The Grifters. "Mary McDonnell and I were talking. Lorraine Bracco, Diane Ladd and Whoopi Goldberg, we were all talking. And we all agreed that we would have dinner the next week, and whoever won would pay."
Originally posted 11/12/2010 03:05PM
Of all the celebrity feuds over the years, Oprah Winfrey and Whoopi Goldberg's may have been the most low-key.
"Whoopi came up to me and she said, 'Can I just ask you something?' She said … 'Did I do something to you?' " Winfrey recalls during a Color Purple reunion airing Monday on The Oprah Show.
"I said, 'What are you talking about?' " Winfrey, 54, explains. "[Whoopi] says, 'All these years, you know, we've been disconnected and I just want to know, did I do something?' I said, 'All these years I thought you were mad at me.' "
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