'Shark Tank' star Barbara Corcoran blasted for fat-shaming Whoopi Goldberg on live TV
'When you get finished with those jeans, and decide you don’t like them, give them to me. I’m gonna make two pairs!,' Barbara Corcoran told Whoopi Goldberg
Viewers have accused 'Shark Tank' regular Barbara Corcoran of fat-shaming co-host Whoopi Goldberg. After Goldberg asked in good humor whether she would fit into jeans from Good American, Barbara made a comment that seems to have offended many. Good American is a denim company co-founded by Khloe Kardashian and 'Shark Tank' star Emma Grede.
“Will they fit this Covid [butt]?” Goldberg, 65, asked, as co-hosts Sunny Hostin and Ana Navarro assured her that she would slay the look. Barbara, 72, chimed in all of a sudden, saying, “When you get finished with those jeans, and decide you don’t like them, give them to me. I’m gonna make two pairs!”
The 'joke' made the studio audience groan, while an evidently disappointed Goldberg turned to the crowd, frowning. Barbara was seen with an awkward smile on her face. Quickly rushing to Goldberg's defense, Navarro said, pointing to Barbara's dress, “Whoopi, let me just tell you something. Both Sara Haines and Jill Biden wore that dress already on TV."
“Donald Trump Jr tried that on me. It didn’t work!” Navarro added, referring to Don Jr recently tweeting, “Given the Ana Navarro news, I think it’s time for a national conversation about the dangers of Covid-19 & obesity." Viewers praised Navarro for defending Goldberg, and quite a number of them took offense to Barbara's joke. “Don’t come for the moderator,” wrote one viewer. “Ana is good friends with all of the co-hosts and very close to Whoopi. Ana will call you out in a second if you come for one of the co-hosts, but will really come for you if you mess with Whoopi.” However, some viewers felt that Barbara meant no harm. “Ana is GOLDEN but honestly I just think Barbara was trying to be funny, go easy on her lol Whoopi is a comedian and can take it.”
With backlash from viewers and a lot of negative feedback, Barbara later posted a video on Twitter, apologising for the offensive nature of her joke. “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 explained. “I made a joke at Whoopi’s expense, which I now realize wasn’t funny.”
“For anyone I may have offended unintentionally, I just want to say I really am very sorry," she added in the video, which is captioned "Love ya Whoopi".