Whoopi put her head down on the table and was overcome with tears on “The View” over the passing of the famous director, 83-year-old Mike Nichols. She appeared to be in the depths of despair to the point that her co-hosts had to consul her as she cried, reports The Independent on Nov. 21.
Rosie O’Donnell did her best to explain the scene as there was nothing anyone could do to get around the fact the Whoopi was front and center with her despair. She broke down as “The View” paid tribute to the iconic director, according to Yahoo TV News.
O’Donnell told the audience that Whoopi considered Nichols her mentor. Whoopi was really devastated and she couldn’t talk. Once the loss of Nichols was brought up while they were on air, the view co-host couldn’t contain herself. The other co-hosts did their best to stand in for Whoopi without ignoring her on-air breakdown.
Rosie explained Whoopi’s relationship with Nichols. She said he saw Whoopi one day and told her she had a lot of talent. He then said “Let’s do a show,” and basically Whoopi got her start from there. Rosie said that Nichols recognized her “brilliance before anyone else” and was responsible for giving her “the entire beginning of her career.”
It was Whoopi’s collaboration with Nichols in a 1985 Broadway show that led to her being cast in “The Colour Purple.” It was an awkward few minutes as Whoopi was so distraught it looked as if the other co-hosts needed to handle her with care, but they were also aware that there was an audience out there. It was a sad day on “The View” for Whoopi as she was beside herself in grief, suggests The Mail Online.
Whoopi has not had the best few weeks as she’s been criticized for appearing to be supporting Bill Cosby as more and more women came out claiming to be sexually assaulted or raped by the TV dad.
She went on earlier in the week about rape kits and lack of them to prove the allegations against Cosby. He has adamantly denied the allegations, particularly the claims made by Supermodel Janice Dickinson. Whoopi said while seemingly defending Cosby:
“Perhaps the police might have believed it,” she said. “Or the hospital. Don’t you do a kit when you say someone has raped you?”
Whoopi also said that she had “a lot of questions” over the claims. There are 16 women in total today that have come forward with their allegations and describing the inappropriate sexual behavior they claim they have suffered at the hands of Cosby.