Oscars to Whoopi Goldberg: We're Sorry
02/26/2008 AT 02:45 PM EST
"No harm was intended, and I feel very, very badly that she was left out," Gil Cates said Tuesday. "I'm going to call her and tell her that."
Although described as a montage of hosts, the piece shown at Sunday night's telecast on ABC was actually "supposed to be a montage of 80 exciting moments of the Academy Awards" culled from hundreds of hours of footage, says Cates. "Basically, that was not a montage about hosts."
He noted that former host Steve Martin also wasn't in the montage.
Still, Cates said, "It was an absolute oversight" to leave out Goldberg, an Oscar winner and nominee who had hosted telecasts that Cates himself produced.
"I asked her to be on the show. She did it twice," he said. "She is a formidable talent."