THE VIEW fans were left in shock after co-host Joy Behar revealed Whoopi Goldberg’s real name.
During the live episode on August 1, guest Kal Penn talked about his real name and then mentioned that he found out Whoopi‘s non-stage name.
“That’s correct,” Kal responded.
“So what is your real name?” the co-host asked.
“My real name is Kalpen Modi,” he proceeded to pronounce it and spell it out.
The actor went on to explain that he split his first name in half to get his stage name and made that decision in college.
“I only did it on my headshot and resume. I never changed it legally,” he told the panel.
It was a 3 am college discussion and none of his friends were film majors and they told him that he needed better pictures and a catchier name.
Kal went on to say that his friends mentioned Whoopi, in regards to the stage name.
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“You know Whoopi Goldberg’s real name is Caryn. I’m like ‘it is?'” he said.
Joy interrupted him and said: “Caryn Johnson. Caryn Johnson.”
“Yeah,” Kal nodded. “They went through this list and said ‘why don’t we come up with a name for you?'”
His friends wanted to call him ‘Kal-pachino’ when another friend mentioned splitting his name in half and that’s what he went with.
Fans took to Twitter to express their shock.
“#AuntyWhoopi looking at #GrandmaJoy when she used her totally goverment name “Karen Johnson” #TheView,” tweeted one fan, who used a gif of her in Harlem Ever After.
Whoopi was born Caryn Elaine Johnson, a name much more practical than her stage name.
Being a comedian, Whoopi wanted to change her name to something funny.
So instead of sticking with Caryn, she changed it to Whoopi because of a whoopee cushion.
In 2006, she told The New York Times: “If you get a little gassy, you’ve got to let it go. So people used to say to me, ‘You’re like a whoopee cushion.’ And that’s where the name came from.”
As for Goldberg, it turns out that is a family name- her mother’s maiden name.
She opted to use that in hopes of being taken more seriously.
Talking to the Jewish Chronicle in 2011, Whoopi said: “My mother did not name me Whoopi, but Goldberg is my name, it’s part of my family, part of my heritage. Just like being black.”
It is rumored that her mother thought the name “Johnson” wasn’t Jewish enough for her to make it in Hollywood.
CALL HER OUT
About a third of the way into the latest broadcast, fans noticed that Whoopi appeared to not want anything to do with the topic the hosts were discussing.
As the topic continued on, Joy and guest co-host Ana Navarro also realized the moderator’s apparent indifference to their discussion.
After introducing the Hot Topic of a bridesmaid who called out of being part of a wedding at the last minute, Whoopi seemed to stay out of it and not share her opinion on it all.
Joy, Ana, and Sara Haines argued about whether or not it was a terrible thing for the bridesmaid to do, with eventually Joy repeatedly saying: “Who cares? Who cares?
“They’re gonna get married anyway, whether she’s there or not.”
That’s when Ana jumped in to joked that “clearly Whoopi doesn’t” care.
The moderator’s co-workers all laughed as Ana pointed over to Whoopi’s emotionless face.
Joy agreed, also calling out her co-host, saying: “Whoopi hates these topics! She hates these topics!”
The woman in question refused to respond to Joy or Ana and instead just stared into the camera, continuing to look bored and annoyed by it all.
When she finally opened her mouth to say something, all she said was, “We’ll be right back,” as she took the show to commercial break.
Just last week, Whoopi was called out by a guest on the show for the same type of behavior.
Fans were left shocked after Neil Patrick Harris, who appeared on The View to promote his new show Uncoupled, pointed out how “bored” the moderator looked during the live show.
Soon after joining the hosts on set, Neil said: “This was a hilarious episode to watch!
“Because once the choco taco conversation started, Whoopi Goldberg checked out!
“Backstage, we were just laughing at you! Because they cut to you. And it’s like, something snapped at you!”
Fans, too, immediately began to notice how “bored” the moderator looked throughout the whole discussion, noting how she barely participated and appeared like she didn’t want to be there.
Then the discussion turned to the hosts being scared of both home intruders hiding in the dark areas of their houses and also possibly being followed while out driving alone.
Despite her co-workers opening up about their fears, fans were shocked to see that Whoopi continued to look like she couldn’t care less about the whole conversation.
At one point, she simply laid her head down on her hand and sarcastically egged her co-hosts on.
As the segment continued on, the moderator started to completely check out from it and began playing around with her laser pointer, stunning viewers even more with her behavior.
One confused fan of The View asked: “Wth is Whoopi doing?”
Another wondered the same, tweeting: “What’s Whoopi doing? She looks bored.”
Others agreed that Whoopi was acting “kinda weird” throughout the whole middle of the show.
The View airs weekedays on ABC at 11 am.
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