Whoopi Goldberg will likely be leaving ABC’s long-running talk show “The View” after this, the show’s landmark 20th season. She made that announcement during an appearance on “The Wendy Williams Show” (watch above) in which she explained, “I have to go and grow. I’ve got stuff to do: movies I need to direct, books I’ve got to finish. This was great, and I loved doing it, but it’s been a while. They’re in their 20th season — they did this without me.”
“The View” has been on the air since 1997, and Goldberg has been its moderator since 2007. In that time Goldberg has been nominated for six Daytime Emmys for Best Talk Show Host, winning in 2009 along with Joy Behar, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Sherri Shepherd and Barbara Walters. But that’s not the only history Goldberg has with the Daytime Emmys. She’s been nominated 14 times in all, also winning Best Special Class Special in 2002 for “Beyond Tara: The Extraordinary Life of Hattie McDaniel.”
The Daytime Emmys are where Goldberg crossed off the E for her EGOT. She won her Grammy for Best Comedy Recording for her “Original Broadway Show Record” in 1985, then Oscar for her supporting role in “Ghost” (1990), and finally the Tony for Best Musical in 2002 as a producer of “Thoroughly Modern Millie.” That made Goldberg one of only 12 people in history to win the grand slam of showbiz awards. She’s also one of only four women and the only black woman to do so.
So where does she go from here? A Pulitzer Prize perhaps? Maybe a Nobel? When she goes and grows she has set quite a high bar for herself.