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The View’s Whoopi Goldberg is up there with Ellen and Oprah as one of daytime TV’s most likeable personalities. But was her advice for guest Giuliana Rancic a little harsh? A little uninformed? Or both?
Rancic, who is Ryan Seacrest’s cohost on E! News, appeared on The View recently with her husband, Apprentice winner Bill Rancic. They were promoting season 2 of their Style Network reality show, Giuliana and Bill -- which is all about Giuliana’s inability to conceive a baby. Giuliana, 35, said the couple had been trying for a year, and that their infertility was entirely due to her age. She admitted, however, that her doctor asked her to gain 5-10 pounds because she wasn’t ovulating consistently; she only gained 5 pounds, she said, because she wants to look good on TV.
That’s when Goldberg spoke up, saying, “You want to have a baby? You need to prepare your body for that other person who’s gonna be there.” When the E! star tried to protest, Goldberg replied, “There’s no buts. If you want a baby, this is what you’re gonna do.” Rancic lamely responded that she’s insecure and needs to fit sample sizes, at which point host Barbara Walters quickly jumped in with, “We don’t want to tell you how to live your life.”
Goldberg, however, wasn’t finished. The next day on The View, she ranted about Rancic’s refusal to gain weight as medically prescribed. "She is not an actor,” said an angry Goldberg. "She is on the red damn carpet. If she wants to have a baby, she needs to eat because the baby needs to eat! To hell with that girl!"
On Monday’s ABC News, Rancic attempted to have the last word, saying -- quite accurately, if you ask us -- that infertility is rarely simply a matter of weight gain ("If only it were that easy!"). She pointed out that Nicole Richie was super-skinny when she became pregnant. She also assured the interviewer that she didn’t have an eating disorder, and could eat a whole plate of pasta if she wanted to (not that she actually did it).
We can never know all the medical details involved in one couple's infertility. It's an issue that's very touchy -- and variable from one individual to another. But while Goldberg's words were definitely harsh, it must be said: Short of early menopause, failure to ovulate in your mid-30's is not normal, and is one of the most common symptoms of anorexia, a condition which often results in infertility for women.
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