Whoopi Goldberg accuses Meghan Markle of making ‘women feel bad’ who are ‘trying to make a living’


The famously outspoken Whoopi Goldberg has accused Meghan Markle of making ‘other women feel bad’ by claiming working as a briefcase girl on Deal or No Deal made her feel like a ‘bimbo’.

On her talk show The View yesterday, Goldberg said the Duchess of Sussex’s views could be insulting to women who were ‘just trying to make a living’.

Meghan had made the comments on the latest episode of her podcast. She said her time on the show between 2006 and 2007 left her feeling objectified and not as a real person.

The episode released on Tuesday was followed by the publication of a bombshell interview with Variety which had been re-recorded after the Queen’s death to allow her to pay tribute to Her Majesty.

The mother-of-two and former actress said that while she was ‘grateful’ the job helped pay the bills, she felt she was only valued for her ‘beauty’, not her ‘brains’. 

Goldberg said on Wednesday that she did not believe people watching the show objectified the briefcase girls. 

The comedian’s commentary came as something of a surprise given her generally left-leaning verging on woke viewpoints.

The longtime host’s socio-political commentary has ranged from mocking US Senator Lindsay Graham’s sexuality, to repeatedly shutting down new conservative co-host Alyssa Farah Griffin.

Recently, Goldberg instructed the Royal Family to apologize for its colonial past including ‘running roughshod over India,’ making her rebuttal to Markle’s comments especially stark.

Markle’s comments also prompted one of her former co-stars to say the program had provided ‘so many opportunities’ for them and that models who opened briefcases on the show were not chosen just because of their looks.

Meghan, who appeared on the second season of the NBC series for 34 episodes between 2006 and 2007, said on her podcast that felt she was being ‘objectified’ on the show

Meghan made the comments on her Spotify podcast. She and Prince Harry signed a three-year podcast deal with the streaming giant for an estimated $15million to $18million

Meghan made the comments on her Spotify podcast. She and Prince Harry signed a three-year podcast deal with the streaming giant for an estimated $15million to $18million

The panel on The View said Meghan was well within her rights to quit her role on Deal or No Deal if it made her feel bad

The panel on The View said Meghan was well within her rights to quit her role on Deal or No Deal if it made her feel bad

‘I don’t know that the people who are sitting there are thinking about you like that. They’re thinking, “I want the money”,’ she said.

‘The objectification might be coming from you and how you felt about how these women were being portrayed.

‘That’s what you have to change because we’re performers. When you’re a performer, you take the gig… sometimes, you’re in a bozo suit, sometimes you got a big nose, and this is just the way it is.’

As the discussion on the talk show continued, the panel said while Meghan was responsible for taking the job, she was well within her rights to walk away from it if that was how it made her feel.

‘My point is, if you see it and that’s how you feel, just maybe, you don’t want to make the other women feel bad because maybe they’re trying to make a living, too,’ Goldberg said.

Her intervention came on the same day it was revealed Meghan re-recorded her tell-all interview with Variety after the Queen died so she could make a tribute.

The Duchess of Sussex’s interview and photoshoot with the US publication had been completed eight days before Her Majesty died on September 8. But it was redone after she returned from the Queen’s funeral. 

Variety writer Matt Donnelly revealed: ‘She worries that any comments about the Queen or her in-laws will be “a distraction” from continued mourning, but presses on to celebrate the icon’.

In the interview she went on to say she was ‘done’ with acting but would not stop her children pursuing it as a career. 

She also appeared to distance herself from the Netflix docu-series about her and Prince Harry that is set to be released and was candid about her home life – including her and her husband’s wind-down routine and her son’s love for British children’s television show Octonauts.

But she does not talk about her time on Deal or No Deal in the Variety interview.

Meghan, who appeared on 34 episodes of the show’s second season, revealed she was forced to get regular spray tans and wear a padded bra.

She said her time on the show made her feel ‘not smart’ as it was all about ‘looks’. 

In the latest podcast episode , which featured Paris Hilton as a guest star, the royal said she was grateful for the money she earned on Deal or No Deal as she tried to succeed as an actress – calling it ‘a short stint’ to pay the bills.

But she added: ‘There were times when I was on set at Deal or No Deal and thinking back to my time working as an intern at the US Embassy in Argentina, Buenos Aires, and being in the motorcade with the secretary of treasury at the time and being valued specifically for my brain.

‘Here, I was being valued for something quite the opposite. I ended up quitting the show. I was so much more than what was being objectified on the stage.

Meghan Markle opened up on being a Deal or No Deal briefcase girl and revealed she quit, claiming she felt 'objectified' and like a 'bimbo'

Meghan Markle opened up on being a Deal or No Deal briefcase girl and revealed she quit, claiming she felt ‘objectified’ and like a ‘bimbo’

Reality star Claudia Jordan (seen holding briefcase number one) featured on Deal or No Deal between 2005 and 2009, hit back at Meghan's (seen holding 24) claims about the show. The duchess featured on it between 2006 and 2007

Reality star Claudia Jordan (seen holding briefcase number one) featured on Deal or No Deal between 2005 and 2009, hit back at Meghan’s (seen holding 24) claims about the show. The duchess featured on it between 2006 and 2007

Meghan (right) said she disliked 'how it made me feel, which was not smart' because 'I didn't like feeling forced to be all looks'

Meghan (right) said she disliked ‘how it made me feel, which was not smart’ because ‘I didn’t like feeling forced to be all looks’

Meghan's Spotify podcast has returned after a brief pause following the death of Prince Harry's grandmother the Queen

Meghan’s Spotify podcast has returned after a brief pause following the death of Prince Harry’s grandmother the Queen

‘I didn’t like feeling forced to be all looks and little substance. That’s how it felt for me at the time, being reduced to this specific archetype, the word bimbo.’

She added that she wanted her one-year-old daughter, Lilibet, to be valued first for her mind, rather than her ‘beauty’, unlike she was on the show.

‘I want our daughter to aspire to be slightly higher,’ she stated. ‘Yeah, I want my Lili to want to be educated and want to be smart and to pride herself on those things.’

The actress claimed that she and the other women on the show were forced to ‘line up’ for various beauty treatments including ‘padding in their bras,’ attaching fake eyelashes, and ‘putting in’ hair extensions.

‘We were even given spray-tan vouchers each week because there was a very cookie cutter idea, of precisely what we should look like,’ she added. ‘It was solely about our beauty.’

The former Suits star also said that a woman ‘in charge’ of the show would tell her to ‘suck it in’ before filming, presumably an order to hold in her stomach on camera.

Real Housewives of Atlanta star Claudia Jordan, 49 - who appeared alongside Meghan, 41, on the show in the mid-2000s - posted a furious rant about the Duchess on her Instagram on Tuesday

Real Housewives of Atlanta star Claudia Jordan, 49 – who appeared alongside Meghan, 41, on the show in the mid-2000s – posted a furious rant about the Duchess on her Instagram on Tuesday

Meghan Markle's former Deal or No Deal co-star Claudia Jordan has fired back at her claims that she was 'reduced to a bimbo' on the game show

Meghan Markle's former Deal or No Deal co-star Claudia Jordan (pictured) has fired back at her claims that she was 'reduced to a bimbo' on the game show

Meghan Markle’s former Deal or No Deal co-star Claudia Jordan (right) has fired back at her claims that she was ‘reduced to a bimbo’ on the NBC game show

But Claudia Jordan, who appeared alongside Meghan, 41, on the NBC game show – posted a furious rant about the duchess on Instagram on Tuesday, hitting out at claims she made about the show.

Claudia, who starred in Deal or No Deal for four seasons from 2005 to 2009, slammed Meghan for her comments on her Archetypes podcast, saying the show ‘never treated them like bimbos’ and it helped provide ‘so many opportunities’.

‘For clarity – yes getting a modelling gig on a game show isn’t necessarily about your intellect, but every show the executive producers picked five models with the most outgoing and fun personalities to place mics on, who they knew would engage with the contestants,’ she wrote.

‘And Deal or No Deal never treated us like bimbos. We got so many opportunities because of that show.’

The reality star added that it’s the ‘kind of opportunity’ that ‘is what you make it’. She said: ‘If you just show up and don’t engage – then you’ll just get your check and not get much out of it.

Meghan (seen circled on the show in the back) had very differing opinions about the way in which briefcase girls were treated to her former co-star Claudia (circled in the front)

Meghan (seen circled on the show in the back) had very differing opinions about the way in which briefcase girls were treated to her former co-star Claudia (circled in the front)

‘But if you show up and seize your moments, there’s no limits to what you can do with the opportunity.’

Claudia explained that she ‘enjoyed’ working on Deal or No Deal, and claimed it helped launch a major career for her.

Variety reveals that Meghan did the bombshell interview TWICE after the Queen died 

Variety writer Matt Donnelly revealed that the Queen’s death meant Meghan Markle agreed to do an interview twice to reflect it.

Describing the first sit-down, he said Meghan ‘shook the hand of every crew member, stylist and photographer ’s assistant’ before taking part in the photoshoot likely to be around September 1.

But he wrote: ‘Nearly three weeks before press time, though — eight days after she stopped the birthday revelers in their tracks at the San Ysidro Ranch — the prince’s grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, died at her Scottish estate Balmoral. The world watched and mourned as the longest-reigning monarch in British history was laid to rest and celebrated for what Meghan says was the “shining example” of female leadership.

‘Following the official period of mourning, Meghan agrees to sit again for a lengthy discussion about her road to the present. She worries that any comments about the queen or her in-laws will be “a distraction” from continued mourning, but presses on to celebrate the icon.’

‘It was a step on the ladder I’ve been ascending on for 25 years that paid all my bills, put me in front of 13million people a night, and led to me getting on Celebrity Apprentice, Celebrity Apprentice All Stars, a breast cancer awareness campaign, guest hosting Extra, getting into People magazine’s 100 Most Beautiful issue, and so much more,’ she continued.

‘It also led to me co-hosting the 2009 Miss Universe pageant with @BillyBush in front of half a billion people. Not to shabby for a “bimbo”.’

While the 49-year-old wanted her followers to know that she was not ‘attacking’ Meghan, she said it was important for her to defend the show, and all of the people who worked so hard to make it a success.

‘Lord knows I’ve been defending this woman in the media for years,’ she explained. ‘And I still will, but I just didn’t want any misunderstanding about the climate and environment on the Deal or No Deal set.

‘And I’m especially protective of [host] Howie Mandel, who was nothing but kind and respectful to all 26 of us.’

In her Variety interview, Meghan praised Her Majesty’s ‘warmth’ and ‘leadership’ after she passed away on September 8 but did not speak about other members of the Royal Family, including her ‘in-laws’ to avoid any ‘distraction’ from mourning her death.

The feature headlined ‘Meghan Markle Lets Her Guard Down’ said the Duchess of Sussex agreed to ‘sit again’ when she returned to California after Her Majesty’s funeral because the glitzy photoshoot and video chat was first completed eight days before she passed away.

The interview revealed Meghan ‘stopped birthday revellers in their tracks’ when she arrived at the San Ysidro Ranch in Santa Barbara just before she flew to London with Harry for their pseudo-royal tour visiting pet projects in the UK and launching the Invictus Games in Dusseldorf.

But within 24 hours of the Germany trip Her Majesty had died and Mr Donnelly revealed the duchess then agreed to ‘sit again for a lengthy discussion about her road to the present’. 

After praising the Queen as ‘the matriarch of the family’, she became ‘animated talking about the warmth and support she received from the thousands of citizens she interacted with during her time in the UK’, her two children as well as her deals with Spotify and Netflix, the article says.

The Duchess of Sussex has given another major and wide-ranging interview with the US media and is pictured here on the cover of Variety. It has emerged that it was first done before the Queen died so Meghan agreed to 'sit again' so she could give her tribute

The Duchess of Sussex has given another major and wide-ranging interview with the US media and is pictured here on the cover of Variety. It has emerged that it was first done before the Queen died so Meghan agreed to ‘sit again’ so she could give her tribute

The Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle lays on the ground in a £4,657 Jason Wu dress

The Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle lays on the ground in a £4,657 Jason Wu dress

The Duchess of Sussex also describes what life was like after that explosive Oprah interview, Harry's love for In-N-Out Burger, her podcast 'Archetypes,' and the Netflix documentary they are making as part of their $100million contract with the streaming giant.

The Duchess of Sussex also describes what life was like after that explosive Oprah interview, Harry’s love for In-N-Out Burger, her podcast ‘Archetypes,’ and the Netflix documentary they are making as part of their $100million contract with the streaming giant.

But Meghan did still get in a perceived dig at the royals by hinting that her death and its fallout had been ‘complicated’ for Prince Harry, but added he remains ‘ever-optimistic’ and preferred to remember that she was now reunited with her beloved husband Prince Philip.

Variety does not go into detail about what, if anything, Meghan said about the Royal Family before the Queen died.

But her decision to sit down again will lead to speculation about what the first interview contains, especially as it was around the time when she told The Cut magazine that Harry had said he had ‘lost his dad’.

The Duchess of Sussex spoke about a range of issues including ‘misconceptions’ about her since she married her husband in 2018 – especially after the Oprah interview – and claiming their ‘love story’ had inspired the world because ‘people love love’.

And opening up for the first time about how she felt after the interview where the Sussexes accused the Royal Family of racism, she said her California friends had gathered around her to support her. 

She said: ‘It’s like they knew exactly what I needed to feel in that moment. It meant, and still means, so very much to me. The power of sisterhood and female support can never be underestimated.’

But she said the public has ‘misconceptions’ about her, adding: ‘I think that what happens, looking in from the outside, when there is this much noise, is that you become dehumanised’. 

She she hopes her Archetypes podcast will help people see her as a ‘real person’.

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