Whoopi Goldberg: ‘American Idol’ launched ‘the downfall of society’

It’s a no from Whoopi, dawg.

“The View” co-host Whoopi Goldberg, 67, boldly stated Wednesday on the ABC talk show that “American Idol” was the “beginning of the downfall of society.”

While the women of the show discussed why Netflix recently “dwelled” on the late Anna Nicole Smith’s last days in a new documentary, Goldberg claimed that viewers will watch this kind of programming because “people like to be judgy.”

“You have ‘Basketball Wives,’ you have the ‘Housewives’ of whatever, all the Bravo shows, giving you the impression that you’re doing something wrong because you’re living your life.”

“People watch these shows because they make them feel better,” Goldberg continued. “I think that we, as a society, love to watch stuff to judge folks.”

“The Color Purple” star then offered up a specific example of when she believes the public became too power-hungry on passing judgment.

Goldberg’s claim happened during a conversation about Netflix’s new documentary on Anna Nicole Smith.
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“You know, I’ve always thought that the beginning of the downfall of society was with, um, what’s the name of that show?” Goldberg asked, turning to executive producer Brian Teta, who had apparently heard her theory before. “I always tell you that.”

“ABC’s ‘American Idol’?” Teta replied, kindly reminding Goldberg that the show she was bashing is also on the network.

The live audience caught onto his nudge, laughing as Goldberg attempted to clarify her position: “Well, it wasn’t always on ABC.”

‘The View': Whoopi Goldberg blames ‘American Idol’ for the ‘beginning of the downfall of society’
Goldberg couldn’t think of the name “American Idol,” so she asked an off-camera producer to help her come up with it.
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“Idol” first aired on Fox from 2002 until 2016. It returned in 2018 with its current lineup of judges — country singer Luke Bryan, R&B icon Lionel Richie and popstar Katy Perry — this time, on ABC.

“Once we gave people the ability to judge other people, I think we ran amuck with it,” Goldberg elaborated. “And it’s gone out of control.”

“They invited the public to decide who their person was,” she added. “And I feel once we did that, it began us in a cycle which we have not — did you really just do that?”

‘The View': Whoopi Goldberg blames ‘American Idol’ for the ‘beginning of the downfall of society’
“American Idol” first aired on Fox in 2002. It switched over to ABC in 2018.
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The Post has contacted reps for “The View” and “Idol” for comment.

Hawaiian native Iam Tongi, 18, was crowned as the Season 21 “Idol” winner Sunday night amid some fans’ claim that the result was “rigged.”

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