Whoopi Goldberg Once Revealed How She Earned Her Unusual Name

Whoopi Goldberg explained the hilarious reason behind the origins of her unique name when she made an appearance on "The Graham Norton Show."

The Hollywood star, whose name is actually Caryn Elaine Johnson, revealed that she earned the nickname by acting like a "whoopee cushion" while performing in theatres at the start of her profession. 

Sharing the story with Norton, Goldberg said, "No one christened me that. I am Karen, but I was a bit of a farter! The theatres I was performing in were very small, so if you were gassy, you had to walk away farting, and people would say I was like a Whoopee cushion. I was sometimes quite noisy, never offensive!"

For nearly 40 years now, Goldberg has been making the world giggle with her bold personality and outlandish jokes.

"People walk around sometimes with rage, that's what happens. Is he a bigot? No. I've known him a pretty long time, I think I would have recognized."

Being that she is just one of 20 individuals on the planet who has ever won an Oscar, a Grammy, an Emmy, and a Tony award, it is evident that with the amount of talent that she has, the world would have still adored her the same regardless of what name she chose to go by.

Goldberg has starred in a wide range of movies and TV shows. But since 2007, she has been known for presenting her relentlessly frank commentary on several different topics on the daytime TV show, "The View."

Recently, she used the talk show as a platform to defend her friend Liam Neeson after critics have considered him a "bigot" for his statements about finding a "black man to kill" after his companion was assaulted. 

"People walk around sometimes with rage, that's what happens. Is he a bigot? No. I've known him a pretty long time, I think I would have recognized. I've been around a lot of real bigots. I can say this man is not one," Goldberg said.

The star added that after Neeson acknowledged what he said was so dark, he proceeded to get himself some assistance after being affected by one of his loved ones getting hurt. 

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