‘I’m Leaving Y’all’: Whoopi Goldberg Walks Off ‘The View’

Whoopi Goldberg stunned viewers of "The View" this week by leaving the stage during a live engagement, after singer Miranda Lambert's recent interruption of a concert to chastise fans for snapping pictures during the performance.

Whoopi Goldberg was kidding, even if many had hoped otherwise as she left the stage.

Videos of Whoopi Goldberg leaving "The View" went viral as Miranda Lambert and the co-hosts discussed it, and many critics wished there had been a few subtle moments in the entire exchange.

Background: Miranda Lambert became the focal point of the controversy when she interrupted her performance to yell at a few fans who were trying to take photos while the show was going on.

The Miranda Lambert concert tickets were undoubtedly expensive, and attendees often take pictures to share on social media or keep as souvenirs.

The co-hosts of "The View" talked on a variety of topics, including whether or not concertgoers should snap photographs and if Miranda Lambert should have stopped her performance to shout at the crowd.

Whoopi said, "I'm leaving y'all," as she got up and moved toward the crowd in response to a mishmash of opposing opinions.

In addressing Miranda Lambert's controversial stance, co-host Alyssa Farah Griffin made an effort to address all points of contention.

Griffin contended that Lambert shouldn't make fun of those who came to see her sing if they are only taking photographs and aren't interfering with the performance.

This is where Whoopi Goldberg chimes in, stating the fans are impolite for taking pictures. Whoopi remarked, “They paid money for the tickets, they came to see her, so she’s singing. [Give] at least a little respect … acknowledge that you can see her [and] she can see you too.”

As another host, Sara Haines, pointed out, the audience members Miranda Lambert shouted at for snapping pictures were standing extremely near to the stage. But did the well-known vocalist really need to scream at them, stop the show, and create a scene?

That's arguable, and a writer for Page Six implied that Miranda Lambert is in error in a piece concerning Whoopi Goldberg's walk-off.

Page Six referenced a Sunny Hostin post on the price of VIP tickets to the concert where Miranda Lambert was chastised for her indiscreet selfies.

“The expensive tickets in the VIP section that they were in are $757. I’m gonna take as many selfies as I want if I paid $757, I’m sorry, just me.”

That may sound extravagant, but let me defend those who snap selfies: you can be sure I took a few photos if I spent that much on a performance.

I could take as many photos as I wanted without having to worry about getting in trouble with Miranda Lambert for that amount of money.

Though I wouldn't snap incessant selfies during a party, I do agree with the attitude that "I paid for this and I want a photo or two of it."

Savor the performance, stay in the present, and take some pictures when the timing is right.

There's a sweet spot where the audience gets the most out of the performance and the artist doesn't have to worry about seeming foolish in front of the public.

Things are starting to get better now. When Whoopi Goldberg suggests that those who can't stop shooting selfies should "stay home" and that doing so is impolite, Sunny Hostin becomes irritated with her.

Whoopi Goldberg, after suggesting that fans should focus on the artist and Sunny Hostin beginning to defend her stance in the Miranda Lambert argument, stood up, walked towards the live audience, and took a photo with someone in the crowd in an attempt to establish her point. But did it do anything? That’s totally up for grabs.

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