Joy Behar says ‘nobody wants to be fat’ as Whoopi Goldberg defends Kelly Clarkson – Entertainment Weekly News

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In her signature frank fashion, The View star Joy Behar has given a blunt assessment of the human body amid an ongoing discussion about celebrities losing weight via prescription drug shots.

Moderator Whoopi Goldberg introduced a Hot Topic Wednesday, concerning critics speaking out against Kelly Clarkson. In a separate interview with Goldberg on The Kelly Clarkson Show, the singer revealed she’s lost a significant amount of weight after starting a medication that helps her body “break down the sugar” properly, and The View panelists broke down the topic during their own live show.

Joy Behar on ‘The View’ ; Whoopi Goldberg and Kelly Clarkson on ‘The Kelly Clarkson Show’.


“Kelly is getting backlash over this from people who say she previously claimed she’s losing weight by walking,” Goldberg said. “She has been walking, but this has helped. They kick her behind when she’s bigger, they kick her behind when she’s lost the weight, and now they’re kicking her behind because she said it out loud. Maybe she was more comfortable hearing somebody say that’s what I did.”

Sara Haines said that while she wasn’t necessarily speaking about Clarkson, she took issue with stars who “tell people by omission” that they’ve lost weight by just “walking or fasting” on their own.


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“Diets do not work. I’ve been on diets up and down, up and down. You lose it, then you gain it back,” Behar added. “Nobody wants to be fat except a sumo wrestler. It’s uncomfortable, your clothes don’t fit, everybody wants to lose weight.”

Panelist Alyssa Farah Griffin said that she, too, is a “victim of body toxicity,” shortly after which Behar interrupted to ask, “How do you stay so skinny?”

Griffin said she works out, but also finds herself scrolling through social media and criticizing herself when she sees photos of other people.

“I gained weight my first season, it was hard for me, I felt bad about it,” Griffin said, to which Behar replied: “Wait until you hit menopause!”

It was legal expert Sunny Hostin, however, who went in the hardest on body-shaming culture that dissects people’s body types.

“If you feel good about yourself, mentally you’re going to also feel better. There’s an epidemic of depression in this country, an epidemic of women shaming women, men shaming men, men shaming women. It all has to stop. People don’t say to a guy, ‘Hey, are you on Viagra?'” Hostin asked. “I don’t think the personal health choices you make for yourself should be subject to discussion.”

Goldberg closed the segment by urging audiences to “let people do what they need to do to get where they need to get to, and stop being mad that they’re not doing it your way.”

Before the show went to commercial, Griffin added: “And leave Kelly Clarkson alone!”

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Prior to Wednesday’s discussion, Goldberg notably took aim at people who discussed her body — particularly a movie critic who disparaged her for wearing a “fat suit” in the 2022 movie Till, despite Goldberg appearing in the film without any false dressings on her body.

“I don’t really care how you felt about the movie, but you should know that was not a fat suit, that was me … I assume you don’t watch the show, or you would know that was not a fat suit,” Goldberg said, later telling the critic to “leave people’s looks out” of the criticism and to “just comment on the acting.”

The View airs weekdays at 11 a.m. ET on ABC

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