Whoopi Goldberg Tells Haters to ‘Leave Kelly Clarkson Alone’ After Weight Loss Backlash – Billboard

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During Whoopi Goldberg‘s recent appearance on Kelly Clarkson‘s talk show, the two women shared a bonding moment when they discovered that they had both used prescription medications for weight loss. Their comments, however, garnered backlash from viewers who are either opposed to the practice or feel entitled to more transparency on the three-time Grammy winner’s part — and Goldberg is having none of it.

In a clip from the latest episode of The View posted Wednesday (May 15), the actress came to Clarkson’s defense while revisiting the topic of health with her co-hosts Sara Haines, Joy Behar, Sunny Hostin and Alyssa Farah Griffin. “Apparently our conversation about weight has a lot of people talking,” she began before showing a snippet of Monday’s (May 13) Kelly Clarkson Show episode.

In the snippet, Goldberg revealed that she’s been losing weight with the help of “the wonderful shot that works for folks who need some help.” Clarkson responded that she had also been prescribed an injectable weight loss remedy to help with her weight retention and thyroid issues. In February, the “Stronger” singer revealed that she’d been diagnosed pre-diabetic.

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“Everybody thinks it’s Ozempic,” Clarkson told Goldberg. “It’s not, it’s something else.”

On The View, the Sister Act alum reminded viewers that “a lot of people are taking the shot because they need it,” before admonishing people for criticizing Clarkson’s use of a weight loss prescription. “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,” she said.

“It seems like this generation shares everything,” Goldberg continued. “What they ate for dinner, who they ate for dinner, all kinds of stuff. You have people like myself who, it’s like, ‘When I’m ready to tell you, I’ll tell you. When I’m comfortable, I’ll let you know.’”

“We have to let people do what they need to do to get where they need to get to,” she added. “Stop being mad that they’re not doing it your way. It’s not like we really know what you’re doing.” She then joined Griffin in cheering, “Leave Kelly Clarkson alone!”

The topic of Ozempic and similar drugs has been a sensitive one in recent months, with the medication’s proven weight-loss properties causing a new surge in off-label prescribing. Ozempic itself is an FDA-approved injectable originally formulated to help adults with type 2 diabetes manage their blood sugar.

Clarkson previously discussed her weight loss in a conversation with Kevin James on her show, which is also when she revealed that her doctors had told her she was pre-diabetic. Around the same time, she said that moving to New York with her two young children — whom she shares with ex-husband Brandon Blackstock — had jumpstarted her weight loss by forcing her to walk around the city constantly.

Watch Goldberg defend Clarkson on The View below.

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