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Whoopi and View Ladies Pay Tribute to Swayze: "We Lost a Very Special Person"

Barbara Walters and Whoopi Goldberg

The View overflowed with Patrick Swayze tributes Tuesday as his Ghost co-star, Whoopi Goldberg, shared memories with Barbara Walters, who conducted his final interview. Even guest host Kate Gosselin joined in the tributes as the show's cast remembered the star as a hard-worker, on-set goofball and heartthrob.

News: Patrick Swayze dies at 57

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Celebs Pay Their Respects to Patrick Swayze

Patrick Swayze

In a testament to his wide-ranging career, tributes to Patrick Swayze poured in from all corners Monday: from former co-stars, younger actors inspired by his work, and even the New York Yankees.

"Patrick was a rare and beautiful combination of raw masculinity and amazing grace," said Jennifer Grey of her Dirty Dancing co-star. "Gorgeous and strong, he was a real cowboy with a tender heart. He was fearless and insisted on always doing his own stunts, so it was not surprising to me that the war he waged on his cancer was so courageous and dignified."

The original "baby" in the corner went on to say, "When I think of him, I think of... read more

Whoopi Admits To Making Whoopee With 50 Lovers

Whoopi Goldberg by Donna Svennevik/ABC

Why Whoopi, you dirty bird, you! Of all the gals gathered around The View's table, we never would have pegged Whoopi to have slept with about 50 guys to date. Babs, maybe, but Whoopi? Check out the 1:30 minute mark when the Whoopi must resort to flashing all the fingers and toes to illustrate to audience just how many men she's slept with in her lifetime. Well, now we know Whoopi's number – your move Barbara (cuz we know that ain't in the book). Watch it now! | More online videos read more

The View Announces Whoopi's Trip to Xanadu

Whoopi Goldberg by Donna Svennevik/ABC

During their daily gab session at the beginning of The View, a very made-up cast member of the show Xanadu, a big Broadway homage to the movie of the same name, announced that Whoopi Goldberg would be joining the cast for the month of August.Whoopi, fresh off a story about playing ball at Yankee Stadium last weekend, said she is thrilled to be joining Xanadu at the Helen Hayes Theater during her vacation from The View. The Whoop doesn't mind skipping her vacation this year, admitting, "If I have vacation time, it's dangerous." Can't wait to see Whoopi in her frou-frou Xanadu costume? Or could you care less since you live no where near NYC? —Erin Fox read more

The Tonys: Putting On a Great Show

Whoopi Goldberg hosting the 62nd Annual Tony Awards by Theo Wargo/ WireImage.com

Next to TV, theater probably qualifies as my most consuming passion. Whereas I love TV for its ability to bring millions together for a shared experience on an expansive canvas that’s always fascinating to chart, I treasure the theatrical experience for its shared intimacy, the knowledge that what an audience of dozens or hundreds is witnessing live will never happen exactly the same way again. (The fact that in classic Broadway tradition, these performers and crews do it eight times a week never fails to astonish me.)This helps explain why the Tonys is potentially my favorite awards show any given year, a celebration of commercial theater that gives the national audience a rare glimpse into the shows that has the stage world buzzing. I say “potentially” because in recent years, the Tonys (despite moving into the cavernous Radio City Music Hall) has become a diminished franchise, taking what was once an all-out musical spectacular that made room for elaborate tributes... read more

Whoopi Goldberg Tapped to Host Tony Awards

Whoopi Goldberg by James Devaney/ WireImage.com

Whoopi Goldberg has been named the host of The 62nd Annual Tony Awards, scheduled for Sunday, June 15 (8 pm/ET, CBS).This will be Goldberg's first stint at hosting the Tonys. She has hosted the Academy Awards ceremony four times.The View moderator won a Tony Award herself in 2002 for her role in Thoroughly Modern Millie. She has also won a Grammy, an Oscar, an Emmy and a Golden Globe throughout her career. — J.R. Whalen read more

Patrick Swayze: Friends, Colleagues Send Support

Patrick Swayze by Richard Lewis/ WireImage.com

In the wake of the shocking news that Patrick Swayze has pancreatic cancer, many friends and colleagues rushed to make statements of support for the star of Dirty Dancing.• Swayze's physician, Dr. George Fisher, expressed optimism, saying that the actor "has a very limited amount of disease and he appears to be responding well to treatment thus far."• Whoopi Goldberg gave Swayze credit for her Oscar win. It seems that Swayze lobbied hard for Goldberg to play Oda Mae Brown in Ghost, even going as far as to threaten to back out of the film unless she was cast. "When I won my Academy Award, the only person I really thanked was Patrick," Goldberg said Thursday on The View.• A&E chimed in to announce that while The Beast, a pilot that stars Swayze as an unorthodox FBI veteran, is still in contention for pickup, "at this time all of our thoughts are solely with Patrick and his family. We are all wishing for a speedy recovery to a truly gifted actor."• Swayze's Dirt... read more

All's Well Between Oscar and Snubbed Whoopi

Whoopi Goldberg by Donna Svennevik/ABC

Four-time Oscar host Whoopi Goldberg teared up on Monday's The View after the ladies brought up her exclusion from what looked like a tribute montage to past hosts on Sunday's telecast. In turn, Gil Cates, who produced the show, called Whoopi to apologize. "That piece of film was made to honor 80 years of Oscar's most memorable moments," he told TV Guide. Because of the show's crash production schedule after the end of the WGA strike, Cates saw the montage only days before it aired. "I never realized that Whoopi wasn't in it — and she hosted two times for me! And Steve Martin's not in it, I now realize. I feel badly for him, too. It was just totally an oversight." Not that he's calling Martin with his mea culpa. "No, Steve's not that kind of guy." Cates is embarrassed "that anyone would think there was any reason that Whoopi wasn't included, except by accident. We did use a very major piece of her in the piece on [winning] supporting actors. She thanked me for calling, and tol... read more

Housewives Star Helps Whoopi Kick Butts

Thursday on The View, Whoopi Goldberg will get assistance in her mission to give up cigarettes in the form of Mrs. McCluskey, aka Desperate Housewives' Kathryn Joosten. "I'm a lung-cancer survivor — six years cancer-free! — so I'm going to talk to her about quitting smoking," Joosten tells us of her visit, which coincides with the Great American Smokeout and National Cancer Month. "Whoopi's got a target date, and we've got tips on how to make it easier to quit."Joosten's busy week continues Friday when she reports to NBC's Las Vegas to play "a bingo-obsessed old lady," as she puts it. "What's not to love?" she says of the guest gig. "B-9! G-44!" — With reporting by Michael Maloney read more

"New" View Ratings Are Rosier than Rosie's

Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar and Sherri Shepherd of The View by Steve Fenn/ABC

ABC's latest incarnation of The View, featuring Whoopi Goldberg as moderator and Sherri Shepherd as a gabber, thus far is averaging 3.5 million total viewers, a seven percent increase from the 3.3 mil who were tuning in to the Rosie-run edition a year ago.Though the talker got off to a slow start this season — Whoopi drew a million fewer than O'D did on her first day — with Shepherd in place in its second week, it bested Ro by 400,000 heads. read more

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