Whoopi Goldberg put Meghan Markle’s comments about the entertainment industry into perspective on Wednesday, after the Duchess of Sussex said she canceled her modeling role on the game show Deal or No Deal because of her feelings.
“OK. I just want to say that on this show you basically had a suitcase and they wanted to know, ‘Is this the deal you want or isn’t this the deal you want?’ Duchess job description summary on the program.” I don’t know that the people sitting there are thinking about you like that. They’re like, ‘I want the money.'”
The Duchess revealed in a recent episode of her Archetypes podcast that modeling with a money-laden briefcase on the show made her feel like a “bimbo” who had “all looks and little substance”.
Meghan, who married into the British royal family in 2018, said she left the program because she felt she was “so much more than what is objectified on stage”.
Her comments were taken apart on social media and ABC’s The View as Goldberg and some members of the panel grappled with how the former Suits actor dismissed her experience.
“The objectification could come from you and how you felt about the way these women were portrayed. And you need to change that,” Goldberg said.
“If you’re a performer, you take the gig. You take the gig. Sometimes you wear a bozo suit, sometimes you have a big nose, and that’s just how it is,” she said. “We are not journalists. We are actors. We’re trying to get to a different place. and you [Meghan] left and that was your prerogative. I feel bad because I don’t think people looked at girls that way.”
Panelists pointed out that many game shows are hosted by men and use glamorous women in spectacular ways, like Vanna White, who shines alongside Wheel of Fortune host Pat Sajak. However, co-host Sunny Hostin applauded Meghan for walking away from something that made her feel bad.
“My point is, when you see it and you feel that way, maybe you don’t want to make the other women feel bad because maybe they’re trying to make a living too,” Goldberg added.
Inspired by a Dutch game show, Deal or No Deal was hosted by Howie Mandel in the US and aired on NBC from 2005 to 2019. Meghan appeared as a briefcase model in 34 episodes from 2006 to 2007, according to IMDb. She then starred in the legal drama Suits before marrying Britain’s Prince Harry. The two stepped down from their senior royal duties in 2020 and have since returned to California, where they pursue a number of Hollywood-border ventures.
Claudia Jordan, who modeled on the game show as Briefcase #1 before starring in The Real Housewives of Atlanta, also objected to Meghan’s recap of the gig.
“To be clear – yes, getting a MODELING APPEARANCE on a game show doesn’t necessarily have anything to do with your intellect BUT on each show the executive producers chose 5 models with the most outgoing and fun personalities to set up mics from which they KNEW they would be in touch with the candidates.” Jordan said on her Instagram Stories on Tuesday.
“Deal or No Deal has NEVER treated us like bimbos. We have so many opportunities because of this show, Fremantle and @nbc,” she said.
“That’s the kind of opportunity you make of it. If you just show up and don’t engage – then check and don’t get much out of it – but if you show up and seize your moments… then your opportunity is limitless.”
https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/tv/story/2022-10-20/meghan-markle-deal-or-no-deal-model-whoopi-goldberg-claudia-jordan Whoopi Goldberg blasts Meghan’s ‘Deal or No Deal’ remarks