Whoopi Goldberg Accepts Oscar Apology

Sunday's producer Gil Cates tells the View host he's sorry for the oversight


A promised phone call of apology came from the producer of the Oscars to Whoopi Goldberg, after Sunday night’s telecast neglected her during a montage highlighting hosts from past ceremonies, Goldberg said on Wednesday’s The View.

“Gil Cates called me yesterday,” Goldberg said on the ABC daytime show. “He made an oversight, pure and simple.”

On Tuesday, Cates told PEOPLE about the gaffe: “No harm was intended, and I feel very, very badly that she was left out. I’m going to call her and tell her that.”

Mission accomplished, Goldberg confirmed, quoting Cates as telling her on the phone, “You know I love you … It was a mistake, and I’m sorry I didn’t catch it.”

Added Goldberg: “I know him as a great gentleman,” and she said that they have both moved on.

On Monday’s View, Goldberg grew emotional when her co-hosts brought up her snub during the “Hot Topics” portion of the program.

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