Whoopi Goldberg defends disgraced weather fairy Barbie Bassett.
Goldberg criticized a Mississippi news station’s decision to oust Bassett, allegedly because the host quoted a line by Snoop Dogg on live television.
On Monday’s episode of The View, Goldberg insisted that “just because we’re on TV doesn’t mean we know everything.”
“We don’t know everything we don’t want you to do,” she said earlier this week, delivering a jab to NBC affiliate WLBT during her routine criticism.
Bassett, the Jackson network’s first chief meteorologist, was fired from her desk after uttering a racist epithet — “fo shizzle, my nizzle” — on the air while reporting on rapper Snoop Dogg’s latest addition to his California wine line.
Following the on-screen gaffe, which quickly went viral on social media, Bassett was removed from the channel’s team page online and has not appeared on air since March 8.
Goldberg, 67, said it’s “hard to keep up with the seemingly ever-changing social rules of what people can and can’t say — especially “if you’re a person of a certain age.”
“There has to be a book of things no one could ever say, never, never, never. Include everything,” Goldberg said. “The things that change, you can say that, but you can’t say that, but next week you might not be able to say that. It’s hard to keep up.”
If someone makes a mistake, they should “at least” be allowed to take responsibility, Goldberg continued, admitting — as she herself has done on numerous occasions — “You know what, I was just informed that I shouldn’t have done that.”
“Because saying ‘You’re out’ means you don’t want to hear what people have to say or what mistakes they might have made that could have helped someone else avoid that mistake,” she concluded.
The Post has reached out to Bassett for comment.
The screen star knows a thing or two about on-air mistakes — and public apologies. Goldberg used a swear word for Roma when speaking about former President Donald Trump earlier this month. She also sparked controversy last year after using a Holocaust slur that led to a temporary suspension from The View.
Countless others have supported Bassett after their removal from the network.
Radio host Charlamagne tha God also defended the news anchor on his syndicated radio show The Breakfast Club last week, saying: “I don’t think she should have been fired for that.”
“She might not even know what ‘nizzle’ means, yo,” he added. “Come on, like stop. That is no reason to fire this woman.”
WLBT has yet to make a public statement on the matter; However, Ted Fortenberry, the channel’s regional vice president and general manager, told The Post that WLBT “cannot comment on staffing matters,” adding that their “policies are clear” and “fully communicated to all team members,” and through “adequate resources and training”. .”
“WLBT will enforce all station policies in a fair and equitable manner,” Fortenberry concluded.
For her part, Bassett has not publicly commented on the incident, merely posting a cryptic quote on Instagram about the ability to “be able to weather this storm.”
Bassett previously apologized on-air in October 2022 for referring to a black reporter’s grandmother as “grandmother.”
“Although not intentional, I now understand how insensitive and hurtful my comment was. I apologized to Carmen Poe,” Bassett said, referring to her offended colleague.
Bassett continued, “Now I want to apologize to you. That’s not the heart of what I am. And for that I humbly ask your forgiveness and I apologize to everyone I have offended.
“I will learn from this and attend trainings so I can better understand our history and our people,” she added. “I can’t heal the pain my comment caused. I pray that you will forgive me and have mercy on me through this terrible mistake.”
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