Whoopi Goldberg did not hit Michaele Salahi when that attention-starved waste of space appeared on The View yesterday. Let's get that fact straight.
Earlier reports claimed that this Real Housewives of Washington D.C. cast member had accused the host of making such a violent gesture, but attorney Lisa Bloom tells EW.com her client never made the allegation.
However, Bloom is outraged over the disrespectful way in which she says Salahi was treated during her appearance on the talk show, which included numerous references to her "crashing" the White House and a bizarre cameo by Goldberg, who grabbed Michaele's arm (saying "Excuse me, would you get back to the White House, please?") and then rushed off stage.
You can watch the six-minute segment and then take in what Bloom said about it in a statement below:
"It’s not appropriate for another host to come up from behind her and ask her, the guest, to change the subject. If Whoopi didn’t like the way the interview was going, she should have told Sherri or Joy or one of the producers," Bloom said, adding that Goldberg cursed her client out in the dressing room backstage.
Bloom then defended Salahi's White House incident in general:
"She was never charged with a crime. The U.S. attorney in Washington D.C. released a statement saying they’ve never committed a crime and have never been charged. But I guess the people at The View feel otherwise. Without reviewing any of the evidence, they’ve decided that they are going to smear her. It’s unprofessional."
Bloom and Salahi can cry themselves a river over this treatment, but The Real Housewives of Washington D.C. premieres tonight on Bravo - and they should send Goldberg a bouquet of flowers after the inevitably strong ratings come in.