Audience member called Whoopi an ‘old broad’ on ‘The View’ — but wrong one got blamed

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“The View” moderator Whoopi Goldberg is clearing the air after an audience member was wrongfully accused of heckling her during a live taping.

Goldberg addressed the Jan. 18 incident at the end of the show on Wednesday, Jan. 25, issuing a sharp rebuke to critics who accused an unnamed woman of shouting “you old broad’” at Whoopi after she and fellow “The View” co-hosts took the stage.

She said the comment led them to joke around with the audience.

“We’re on live television, so the cameras showed the audience laughing and applauding during our exchange and focused on a different audience member than the one who actually yelled ‘old broad,’“ Goldberg said on Jan. 25.

She described the wrongfully accused woman as a “loyal” audience member and said she wanted to “clear this woman’s good name, image and likeness.”

“We can’t do this show without the support of viewers like her and viewers like you,” Goldberg said. “So please, leave her alone.”

Goldberg described the exchange as a “jokey, light moment” between herself and the audience that was twisted.

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