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Infamous White House party crasher and new star of Bravo's The Real Housewives of D.C. Michaele Salahi has accused Whoopi Goldberg of hitting her on the set of The View yesterday. Check out the incident, during which Salahi reportedly claims Goldberg (not officially involved in the segment) stepped on the set and accosted her:
Goldberg (rather impatient with reality stars lately, having recently told off Jake Pavelka on the air) addressed today's View audience about the incident, saying things got "very heated on the air and backstage (with Salahi)....who you may remember from her, let's say, surprising appearance at a White House party last November."
Goldberg set off the controversy when she abruptly stepped onto the set to ask Salahi (who'd been discussing an upcoming episode of the Bravo series), "Excuse me, could you get back to the White House please?" and then quickly retreated offstage.
So why did Goldberg interrupt a segment being moderated by Joy Behar and Sherri Shepherd? "I come out sometimes because I wanna...that's the way I do it here," she said. "So I was backstage waiting for the conversation to get back to the White House party."
After the Housewives segment, Salahi accused the veteran TV star of hitting her. But Goldberg denied the claim -- and camera footage from another angle proved that she barely nudged Salahi, instead merely touching her back to get her attention.
"Afterwards, Michaele was very upset about what was said about her on the air, and then I was told she thought I hit her," said Goldberg, amid chuckles from the audience. The host said she used "choice words" in defending herself. "I make no apology for my choice words," Goldberg continued. "Her husband got in my face, got his Blackberry out and started taking pictures of me. Needless to say, I really went off then and there was even more choice words!"
View cohost Elisabeth Hasselbeck relayed a statement from Salahi's lawyer, Lisa Bloom, insisting that her clients did not crash the White House party and that "they were, in fact, invited to the party" and pointing out that they "have not been charged with any crime."
Bloom talked about the View incident with RadarOnline.com, and how "Bravo had asked Michaele not to be referred to as 'the White House Gatecrasher'" -- and she says that, by doing so on the show, they "upset" Salahi. Bloom then described the "hit" by Goldberg as "not violent, but it was startling." Bloom insisted both Salahis "deserve an apology" from Goldberg, adding, "It’s outrageous."
In a comment to UsWeekly.com Bloom further defended her client: "The audience was encouraged to clap when Shepherd said, "You should be in jail!'" and she says the jail comment was "defamatory." Bloom added, "Mrs. Salahi's overall experience on The View was degrading and demeaning."
In response to the Salahi debacle, ABC released this statement: "The accusation was completely unfounded and erroneous. After the show, and after being told she was being accused of hitting Ms. Salahi, Whoopi proceeded to defend herself verbally from this baseless claim in a heated exchange with the Salahi’s."
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