Whoopi Goldberg shared her thoughts on life, love, work, and well, pretty much everything in a sprawling, chatty interview with the New York Times.
The 63-year-old morning show host dished openly on her work with The View.
Asked if the show, which she has co-hosted since 2007 addresses her creative impulses she said "no." As for if she gets creative fulfillment from The View, she stated, "It's my job."
"What you’re asking is, 'Is The View enough?' It’s not," Goldberg candidly said. "Ten years is a long time, and now I’m starting to do other stuff. I’m doing books. I’m adventuring into THC products. I'm creating the clothes."
"... In a way, I am playing a role," she added. "These are not conversations that I’m having with my friends. If they were, we’d be doing it differently. My friends and I can talk about things in depth in a different way than you can on television."
The View’s current lineup consists of Joy Behar, Abby Huntsman, Sunny Hostin and Meghan McCain.
Goldberg also shared her thoughts on how she believes the country’s culture has changed for the worse compared to when she was growing up.
She said: "But my vision of America when I was young was different, because everything was changing. Black and white people were going out together, and it didn’t matter what the adults said. And suddenly you were hearing about whole groups in neighborhoods that felt disposable -- those are the guys who were going to Vietnam. So for me, it’s only been in the last few years that people seem to have stopped listening to one another."
Goldberg continued: "There aren’t a lot of reminders of the past. I grew up during a time when there were still World War II veterans around, there were still Holocaust survivors around. Then all those folks started dying off. People don’t know about all the hard-won battles anymore: gay folks fighting for their rights, the separation of church and state. So the answer to your question is that for a good long time we had a national conversation about things that now we’re having to reiterate."
Goldberg just isn’t into it.
She said: "Look, people expect you to have a boyfriend. They expect you to get married. So I kept trying to do that, but I didn’t want to share information with somebody else. I didn’t want anybody asking me why I was doing what I was doing, or to have to make the other person feel better. But if you’re in a relationship, you have to do those things, and it took me a while to figure out that I didn’t want to. I’d be thinking, why don’t I feel the thing that I’m supposed to? Then one day I thought: I don’t have to do this. I don’t have to conform. I tried marriage, and it wasn’t for me. You can’t be in a marriage because everybody’s expecting you to."
Goldberg should know. She has been married three times, most recently to Lyle Trachtenberg from 1994-1995.
So what makes her happy? "Truly, to be happy in the world, you must have risotto," Goldberg said.