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Whoopi Goldberg Discusses New Documentary ‘I Got Somethin’ To Tell You’

ABC(NEW YORK) -- The View co-host Whoopi Goldberg joined ABC’s This Week Sunday morning to discuss her new documentary I Got Somethin’ to Tell You, about influential African American comedian Moms Mabley, who Goldberg described as a trailblazer.

“She was the first and only woman standup for forty years, black or white. She’s the only one doing it,” Goldberg said on the This Week Sunday Spotlight. “This is a woman whose name deserves to be not forgotten again.”

Goldberg, who directed I Got Somethin’ to Tell You, said she was surprised to see the scope of Mabley’s impact.

“It was a surprise that so many people felt so deeply about Moms… and how she’s sort of influenced comedy,” Goldberg said. “Because without her, so many of us – black, white, Asian, Hispanic – would not do the kind of work we do.”

“She was able to talk about – at least in the 60s and the late 50s – about the issues that were pertinent to America, being segregation and how to change it, and how black youths should be… in a way that you don’t even realize that’s what she’s doing. So she was putting a lot out there in a subtle, smart way,” Goldberg said. “I look back on it now and go, ‘Wow. You know, that’s pretty ballsy what she’s doing.’”

“And what I discovered – which I was thrilled about – was that the comedy holds up. It’s still funny,” Goldberg added of Mabley, known for her unconventional dress and for not wearing her teeth during performances.

Goldberg, an Oscar-winning actress and iconic comedian in her own right, discussed her close affinity with Mabley and what drove her to make the documentary.

“She moves with me. She’s in me. When I think about her – and she kept me up for a good five, six months saying, ‘You have to make this about me, you have to tell them who I am.’… When we showed it, we showed it on the big screen and in the back of my head I could hear her think, ‘Well, it’s about time Whoopi. It’s about time.’”

Goldberg’s film premiered last month at the Tribeca Film Festival.

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Lindsay Lohan, Whoopi Goldberg to Guest Star on 'Glee'

Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Lindsay Lohan has apparently forgiven Glee for mocking her personal problems in an episode that aired less than two years ago.

Lindsay's rep has confirmed to ABC News that the Mean Girls actress will guest star in an episode of the Fox series later this season. reports she is slated to play herself, serving as a judge at the Nationals competition.

In the fall of 2010, Fox aired an episode of Glee in which a substitute Spanish teacher, played by guest star Gwyneth Paltrow, asked her class if it could translate the phrase "Lindsay Lohan is totally crazy, right?" She also made a reference to Lindsay's numerous stints in rehab.

After the episode aired, Lindsay's mom, Dina Lohan, claimed to that the actress found the dialogue to be hurtful.

Lindsay, whose probation is scheduled to end Thursday, recently hosted Saturday Night Live and is set to portray Elizabeth Taylor in a Lifetime movie. is also reporting that Whoopi Goldberg will guest star in multiple episodes of Glee as a professor at New York Academy of the Dramatic Arts. Her character supervises auditions by Chris Colfer's Kurt and Lea Michele's Rachel.

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Whoopi Goldberg Adopts Cat Thrown from Bridge

ABC/Lou Rocco(NEW YORK) -- Whoopi Goldberg has given a cat another life.

The Oscar-winning actress and co-host of ABC's The View has adopted a cat that was thrown from a moving car on New York City's Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, according to New York Animal Care & Control officials.

Officials said Goldberg was one of the first of more than 140 people to ask to adopt the cat, nicknamed "Verrazano" by AC&C. She has since shortened the kitten's name to "Vinny."

The Russian blue kitten was thrown from a car crossing the 4,260-foot-long bridge in early July and was rescued by an AC&C official who happened to be driving by. Vinny quickly became an Internet celebrity and made an appearance on the July 10 edition of The View before Goldberg adopted him. Smitten, she burrowed her face in his belly.

"I feel that I should have a conversation with Oliver when I get home," she said on the show, referring to her other cat, also a Russian blue, "because I think he needs a friend."

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Whoopi Goldberg Angered by Alleged 'New York Times' Oscar Snub

Photo Courtesy - Henry S. Dziekan III/ Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- A New York Times article criticizing a perceived lack of racial diversity in Oscar winners is causing more headlines, for the wrong reason.

Whoopi Goldberg was left off the list of African-American winners and she took time on The View to vent Monday.

"It hurt me terribly," said Goldberg, who brought her Oscar to the set and placed it on the table before her.  "When you win an Academy Award, that's part of what you've done, your legacy.  I will always be Academy Award-winner Whoopi Goldberg, and [I] have been dismissed and erased by the New York Times film critics, who should know better."

Goldberg won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar in 1991 for Ghost.

The New York Times is standing by its story, saying those who criticize it are misreading it.

In a statement to Entertainment Weekly, the newspaper's editors say, "The point of the piece was not to name every black actor or actress who has been awarded an Oscar, it was to draw a comparison between the number who won prior to 2002 (the year Halle Berry and Denzel Washington won) and those who have won since.  And the story states very clearly that in 73 years, prior to 2002, only seven black actors/actresses won Oscars."

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'The View:' Bill O'Reilly Was 'Condescending,' 'Disrespectful'

Photo Courtesy - ABC/Barwall Productions(NEW YORK) -- Three days after their blowup with Bill O'Reilly, the women of The View reflected on the incident with cooler heads and calmer voices, but made it clear they still aren't fans of the Fox News host.

Monday's edition of the ABC daytime talk show began with a re-hashing of what happened Thursday when O'Reilly declared that "Muslims killed us on 9/11," prompting co-hosts Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar to walk off the set.

"He started with me as soon as he sat down," Goldberg said. "You can't throw stuff around like that, in my opinion. I'm glad that I left. I'm glad I left because I had reached my threshold."

View creator Barbara Walters said that a walk-out was probably what O'Reilly wanted.

"He loves this, this is just what he wants," she said of the controversy.

Goldberg did offer that O'Reilly's emotions may have gotten the better of him. "I suspect that maybe he said something that he actually didn't mean," she said.

O'Reilly defended his views last week on his prime-time Fox News show.

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