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Slim-Fast Dumps Whoopi After Bush Barbs

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Whoopi Goldberg has lost more than weight thanks to Slim-Fast.

The diet-aid manufacturer has relieved the comic of her multimillion-dollar job as its spokeswoman after her onstage ripping of President Bush at a Kerry-Edwards Democratic fundraiser last week at New York’s Radio City Music Hall.

“Ads featuring Ms. Goldberg will no longer be on the air,” Slim-Fast general manager Terry Olson said in a statement, adding that the company is “disappointed” and regrets that Goldberg’s remarks offended some customers. The Florida-based Slim-Fast is a unit of Anglo-Dutch food-to-detergent group Unilever Plc.

Goldberg refuses to apologize for her humorously intended riffs about the incumbent. Her routine included vulgar references to the president’s last name.

In a statement, Goldberg, 48, said: “While I appreciate what the Slim-Fast people need to do in order to protect their business, I must also do what I need to do as an artist, as a writer and as an American, not to mention as a comic.”

She added: “I’ve done material on every president in the past 20 years, from Reagan to Carter, from Clinton to Bush.”

While campaigning, President Bush made pointed reference to the all-star Radio City event, which raised $7.5 million for the Kerry-Edwards ticket. On Wednesday in Milwaukee, he said: “The other day, my opponent said that a bunch of entertainers from Hollywood conveyed the heart and soul of America. I believe that the heart and soul of America is found in places like Wisconsin.”

Asked for comment, John Kerry spokesperson Stephanie Cutter tells New York’s Daily News: “President Bush should get his head out of the clouds and address the real needs of the American people.”