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Whoopi Goldberg Reveals She Fought Pay Disparity While Filming 'Sister Act' By Doing This

Whoopi Goldberg stepped up while filming Sister Act when she found out that the actors playing the nuns were not getting the pay they deserved.

Speaking during the Vulture festival this week, via People, the 64-year-old View host and actress opened up about her time on the movie set of the popular film and revealed that in order to show producers that the nuns deserved more, she got “sick”.

“The ladies hadn’t gotten everything I thought they should have gotten — the nuns,” she explained. “They were older women. They were women who I felt…should be able to go and have dinner and not be worried about paying hotels or whatever it was.”

The eldest of the nuns was 82 during filming, and another was 79.

To fight the wage gap, Whoopi said she “fell ill for a day or two” until the producers took notice and the matter was resolved.

“I got sick,” Whoopi shared. “I would never go on strike. But if my coughing and sneezing coincided with our brief problem … they fixed it and it was great.”

If you missed it, Whoopi also opened up about how she almost missed out on one of her most iconic roles. See which one here…

Whoopi Goldberg Almost Missed Out on Starring in 'Ghost' Until This Happened!

Whoopi Goldberg is opening up about her award-winning role in Ghost!

While chatting with Naomi Campbell, the 64-year-old EGOT winner revealed that she was originally told her persona was “too big” for the 1990 movie.

“’They don’t want you. They think that your persona is too big and will take people out of the movie,’” Whoopi recalled her agent telling her when she asked about auditioning for the movie.

Surprised, Whoopi responded, “Not that I’m comparing myself but Marlon Brando is big. They’re a big character.”

Whoopi then decided to move on, but got a call from her agent saying that star Patrick Swayze really wanted her in the movie with him!

“I was called up and told, ‘Remember that movie they didn’t want you for? They’ve hired Patrick Swayze, Patrick wanted to know why they hadn’t come to you,’” Whoopi explained. “‘They told him you would take people out of the movie.’”

Patrick had defended Whoopi‘s right to audition and said, “’I’m not saying yes to this piece until we know she’s not the right person because this is ridiculous. She’s perfect.’”

She recalled with a laugh, “I’d never met him but he was a fan!”

Whoopi and Patrick became fast friends when they met stayed close after wrapping production on Ghost.

Ghost was a huge success, and earned Whoopi an Oscar, Golden Globe, and BAFTA award.

If you missed it, Whoopi confirmed that a Sister Act 3 is in the works!

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Alexander Skarsgard Is Evil Personified In 'The Stand' Trailer - Watch Here!

It’s good versus evil in the first trailer for The Stand.

The series, based on Stephen King‘s novel of the same name, is an apocalyptic vision of a world decimated by plague and embroiled in an elemental struggle between good and evil.

The fate of mankind rests on the frail shoulders of the 108-year-old Mother Abagail (Whoopi Goldberg) and a handful of survivors. Their worst nightmares are embodied in a man with a lethal smile and unspeakable powers: Randall Flagg (Alexander Skarsgård), the Dark Man.

Jovan Adepo, Owen Teague, Greg Kinnear, Brad William Henke, Nat Wolff, Daniel Sunjata, James Marsden, Amber Heard, Odessa Young, Eion Bailey, Katherine McNamara, Heather Graham, Marilyn Manson, Hamish Linklater and Henry Zaga also star in the limited series.

The Stand will premiere on CBS All Access on December 17.

See the trailer below now!

Earlier this week, Whoopi opened up about a possible third movie for Sister Act! See what she said…

Whoopi Goldberg Confirms 'Sister Act 3' Movie Is in the Works

Whoopi Goldberg has some big news!

The EGOT-winning Sister Act star made an appearance on The Late Late Show With James Corden on Tuesday night (October 6).

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During their chat, Whoopi opened up about the possibility of a Sister Act 3.

“For a long time, they kept saying no one wanted to see it. And then quite recently, it turns out, that that may not be true. People may want to see it. So we’re working diligently to try to figure out how to get the gang together and come back,” she revealed.

“It’s fun and it feels good. And you know, nobody’s mad. It’s just, listen—bad singing, great singing, okay singing and then nuns. What’s better than that?” she went on to say of the beloved film series.

She also recently opened up about an ABC exec’s alleged racist commentary.

Watch her appearance…

'The View' Sets Season 24 Premiere Date - Guests & Co-Host Lineup Revealed!

The View is coming back!

Season 24 of the long-running television show is set to premiere on Tuesday (September 8) at 11 a.m. ET, ABC announced on Friday (September 4).

Sara Haines will be returning as a co-host, having already been on the show from 2016 to 2018 for Seasons 20-21. She also co-hosted ABC News’ GMA 3: Strahan, Sara & Keke more recently.

“I grew up watching The View, and what this show stands for – different women, different backgrounds and different points of view – just speaks to my soul. I feel like I caught a shooting star twice. To once again be a part of the dialogue where I can share, discuss and disagree alongside these powerful and strong women is a tremendous honor. I feel very lucky,” she said in a statement.

Season 24 will premiere with the majority of the co-hosts – Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Sunny Hostin and Meghan McCain – appearing from home amid the pandemic, with Sara broadcasting from the show’s NYC studio.

Guests in the upcoming season include Michael Cohen, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, Jane Fonda, Robin Roberts, former Ohio Governor John Kasich, Eva Longoria, Gabrielle Union, Pete and Chasten Buttigieg, Brian Stelter, Janelle Monáe and Gabourey Sidibe, Evan Rachel Wood and Chelsea Clinton.

Political commentator Ana Navarro continues in her role as guest co-host, making regular appearances on Fridays and throughout the season.

Click inside to see the full first week’s schedule…

Whoopi Goldberg Comments on ABC Executive's Alleged Racist Comments

The View co-host Whoopi Goldberg is responding to the report about ABC executive Barbara Fedida allegedly making racist comments.

“I know Barbara Fedida and I don’t think she’s a racist. Everything I know about her doesn’t say that she has this in her,” Whoopi said. “But I will say that one of the things that everyone should always make sure we say — and I say it all the time — is let’s find out. Let’s find out. If it’s true, she’s gone. If it’s not, let’s find out what’s going on. An independent investigation is what this needs. The days of systemic racism are ending. Those walls are coming down and we’re pulling them down.”

“It was a tough weekend for me and I was really disappointed and saddened and hurt when I learned about the racist comments that were made, allegedly, about me, my colleagues and my dear friends,” Sunny Hostin added at the top of the show. Sunny spoke of systemic racism, and thanked Whoopi and Meghan McCain for their support.

Fedida reportedly made a racist comment about GMA‘s Robin Roberts. She has since been put on leave, with ABC saying, “There are deeply disturbing allegations in this story that we need to investigate, and we have placed Barbara Fedida on administrative leave while we conduct a thorough and complete investigation. These allegations do not represent the values and culture of ABC News, where we strive to make everyone feel respected in a thriving, diverse and inclusive workplace.”

Check out what all the co-hosts had to say.

Whoopi Goldberg Skips 'The View' to Consult With Doctor Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

Whoopi Goldberg chose to sit out from The View today in order to check-in with her doctor.

The 64-year-old host wants to make sure if’s safe for her to return to the show amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“To be extra careful about her health, Whoopi is consulting with her doctor today,” co-host Sunny Hostin explained on Tuesday (March 17). “She wants everyone to know she feels fine and plans on being back here tomorrow.”

“We know that Whoopi had pneumonia, and was not in a good place,” Sunny added. “So, she just wants to get checked out and make sure that it’s smart for her to be here every day.”

Last week, host Joy Behar announced that she is taking time off as well.

The View has joined other programs that have stopped filming in front of a live audience.

Get the latest coronavirus updates here, and see every celebrity who has been diagnosed here.