The newest View cohost says, "I stir the pot just by my presence"

By Kimberly Peiffer
Updated August 06, 2007 02:15 PM
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Whoopi Goldberg may have some controversial shoes to fill, but the new cohost of ABC’s The View says she has a more relaxed approach to hosting than her predecessors.

“I disagree with a lot of stuff a lot of people say, but there is a dialogue to have with people that I was taught by my mom – how to be respectful and listen,” Goldberg said during an interview on Ryan Seacrest’s KIIS-FM radio show on Monday.

“You can get loud and move on after you are finished with it, that is how I work,” she added. “I have a different approach. I stir the pot just by my presence.”

Goldberg, 51, says though she has strong opinions, she will not be like previous View cohost Rosie O’Donnell, who was involved in numerous controversies on the show. When Seacrest asked if she planned to pick a few fights like O’Donnell did, she said: “No, I would have to be Rosie to do that. I am Whoopi, I have no reason to do that, that is not my style.”

In fact, she says she maintains a good attitude because she’s generally a happy person. “It’s not so much that I am nice. but I have a great life and I have no reason to be angry at anybody.”

As for why she was chosen over all the other candidates to fill one of the vacant View seats, Goldberg said: “I don’t have a clue, Ryan. I don’t know child, why? I’m black, I don’t know. I’ve done the show a lot of times and I probably looked like I could use the gig.”