Whoopi Goldberg Believes ‘American Idol’ Led to Society’s ‘Downfall’ in Wild Claim

Whoopi Goldberg says ‘American Idol’ contributed to the ‘beginning of society’s downfall’ in remarks that led to an awkward moment between her and ‘The View’ executive producer Brian Teta. (You can read an excerpt of his remarks below)

The co-host of “The View” weighed in on the show’s influence on Wednesday just days after 18-year-old Hawaiian-born singer Iam Tongi won season 21.

“We as a society like to watch stuff to judge people. You know, I always thought the beginning of the downfall of society was with… what’s this show called? I always tell you that,” Goldberg said looking towards Teta.

“ABC’s American Idol,” Teta replied before the audience let out a laugh.

Goldberg, who pointed out that the show started on Fox, went on to explain his take on the competition.

“Because once we gave people the ability to judge others, I think we got out of hand and it got out of control,” Goldberg said.

“Do you remember ‘The Gong Show’?” said co-host Joy Behar in reference to a show that allowed judges to strike a gong to signal their disgust at a performance.

Goldberg clarified that she couldn’t remember a case where “so many people” had judged a person’s talent before Teta, and co-host Sunny Hostin added that Goldberg likes the show now that she’s on ABC — the same network that airs “The View.”

“American Idol” — which debuted nearly 21 years ago on Fox — has relied heavily on audience participation since its inception, whether by call, text or online voting.

But the show isn’t the first to rely on home audience participation as “The Original Amateur Hour” – a continuation of Major Bowes’ “Amateur Hour” radio show that brought Frank Sinatra and his Hoboken Four quartet on a national stage. – relied on votes from viewers by phone and postcard.

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