Whoopi Goldberg Admits to Toking Up Before Oscar Win

Old footage shows The View host explaining the extra spark in her eye in ’91.

Posted: 03/24/2011 11:52 PM EDT
Whoopi Goldberg

While many on the Web speculated that actor James Franco was blazed during his Oscar hosting duties, one beloved actress has admitted to accepting her Oscar under the spell of cannabis.

TMZ unearthed an old video of Whoopi Goldberg admitting to partaking in marijuana before winning the Academy Award in 1991 for her role in Ghost. During a voice-over recording session for the movie The Pagemaster in 1992, The View host explained how she indulged before the ceremony. "I smoked this wonderful joint that was the last of my homegrown," she said. "And honey, when he said my name and I popped up, I thought, 'Oh, f--k! Oh, f--k! OK, up the stairs, one-two-three-four-five.'"

And what did she learn from the experience? "Never smoke pot before there's the possibility of having to talk to 100 million people."

Although the extra twinkle in her eye went undetected by viewers and the media, Goldberg’s said her mother let her know she knew—via a phone call after the show—because of those “glistening eyes.”

 

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