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|Whoopi Goldberg: “Smoking cigarettes and pot every now and then are my habits”|
Comedian Whoopi Goldberg has admitted she smoked marijuana just before the 1991 Academy Awards ceremony, and said she was quite high when she gave her acceptance speech for winning Best Supporting Actress for her role in the movie Ghost.
“Smoking cigarettes and pot every now and then are my habits,” the current host of The View explained in footage obtained by TMZ on Thursday. “And I thought, ‘I’ve got to relax,’ So I smoked a joint, my homegrown,” to calm down before the Oscars.
She then described the shock be being announced as the winner and said she remembers trying hard to focus “to just get to the stage,” reports the New York Post.
“When he [presenter Denzel Washington]said my name and I popped up, I thought, ‘Oh, fuck’ … OK, up the stairs … around to the podium … there’s millions of people, get the statue, pick up the statue,” Goldberg said.
This isn’t the first time Whoopi’s talked about pot in public. Back in 2009 she came to Olympic champion swimmer Michael Phelps’ defense after the infamous photo swept the Internet of Phelps hitting a bong.
“I have smoked weed,” Whoopi admitted at the time on The View. “That doesn’t surprise me that he’s smoking pot at a party … Pot is one of those things kids do try.”
“He’s being paid to be a spokesperson for companies,” Goldberg said of Phelps. “That’s different than being someone’s role model … He’s being asked to be perfect — he’s not being paid for that. That’s not his job.”
Whoopi’s stoned Oscar speech confession came during a 1992 voiceover recording session for the movie The Pagemaster. TMZ just obtained the footage and released it on Thursday.
Goldberg appears calm and composed in footage of her 1991 Oscar speech, but she wasn’t fooling her mom. Mom was on to her, and let Whoopi know as much, just after the ceremony.
“My mother called me and she said, ‘You smoked, didn’t you?’ ” Goldberg remembered. Her mother said she could tell Whoopi had smoked because of her “glistening eyes.”
“I know you’re not supposed to admit that you smoked pot … but just because I do it doesn’t mean that you should,” Goldberg said.
Actually, Whoopi, yes it does. I’m firing up a joint right now in honor of your stoned Oscar speech.