As Opie & Anthony said this morning during their show when they saw her walk into their XM studio, "Whoopi, you've got balls, we're impressed...you just took away a lot of our fun."
Comic and new Clear Channel morning show host Whoopi Goldberg dropped in by surprise to visit O&A's after-CBS Radio show on XM to create some peace. Whoopi started her new radio show on Monday and immediately O&A pounced on their fresh celebrity competitor, making fun of her, sending their fan "pests" to flood her phone lines, and even insulting her by calling her a "bitch".
She took it all in stride and, like the seasoned comic pro who knows how to verbally spar, said, "Hey, that's okay, because it's true", which made everyone laugh. She even threw in a good jibe at what she called O&A's "who are they, fleas, I mean, pests? Pests, get a life."
In the end, O&A agreed they have completely different audiences, with Whoopi saying she "loves you guys, just give me the women listeners." And everybody made nice.
For every confrontation O&A love to start, Whoopi did the exact right thing: give them the attention they want before it got out of control, stand up to them, and create some laughs over the whole situation. Nips it in the bud and everyone can move on. Good PR move for both Whoopi and O&A...stirred up a little controversy and newspaper/blog gossip...and create some entertaining radio. Her fans will love the fact she stood her ground.
And, Whoopi showed her radio smarts, recognizing the asses they are, recommending they all get their prostate's checked...seriously. So, in addition to getting to cross-promo her show and increase her radio cred, she also slipped in some support for one of her personal charity causes.
Now, the question is: will the O&A pests get off her ass now that peace has been brokered?
And, can this model work in the Middle East, too?
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posted by Chris Kennedy @ Thursday, August 03, 2006,