Corcoran had just told the panel that Emma Grede, founder and CEO of the Good American denim brand, will soon be a guest on “Shark Tank.” The brand is known for its inclusive fits. And according to Fox News, co-host Sunny Hostin then lauded Good American’s mission to provide jeans in a wide range of sizes, prompting Goldberg to joke, “Well, I have to try them. Will they fit this COVID [butt]?”
That was when Corcoran jumped in. “When you get finished with those jeans and decide you don’t like them, give them to me. I’m gonna make two pairs,” she told Goldberg.
‘Shark Tank’ Star’s Joke Falls Flat, Prompting Apology
Goldberg reportedly looked offended by Corcoran’s comment. In fact, her co-host Ana Navarro was moved to come to Goldberg’s defense by bashing Corcoran’s dress.
“Whoopi, let me just tell you something. Both Sara Haines and Jill Biden wore that dress already, on TV,” Navarro snapped, referring to Corcoran’s floral print dress.
After Corcoran left the show, she decided to record a video apology for her joke.
“I just came back from ‘The View’ and saw my old friend Whoopi,” the “Shark Tank” star said in the video posted to Twitter. “She has a phenomenal sense of humor. And I’ve known Whoopi for years.”
“I made a joke at Whoopi’s expense, which I now realize wasn’t funny,” she added. “For anyone who I may have offended unintentionally, I just wanted to say I really am very sorry.”
‘The View’ Fans Mostly Outraged by Corcoran’s Joke
Some fans of “The View” were aghast at Corcoran’s comment, with one fan reminding the women that, as television hosts and public figures, they should set an example for young girls.
“I had to rewind and listen again just to be sure I heard right,” one “The View” fan posted to social media. “But, being a lot smaller than @WhoopiGoldberg doesn’t make @BarbaraCorcoran a better person and this should be a learning lesson for young girls.”
Other fans cheered Navarro’s intervention, saying she stood up for Goldberg against a mean-spirited joke by the “Shark Tank” star and they love her for that.
“Ana is that girl! Ride or die and I love her for it! @ananavarro said don’t you come for Whoopi!” another “The View” fan chimed in. “Barbara Corcoran went too far.”
With the social media backlash in full swing, Corcoran seems repentant for her joke. Some social media users were reluctant to accept her apology (“Naaaa”; “Oh please”), but others said “It’s OK” and gave her the benefit of the doubt.