I'm not too shy to go and talk to the Governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and to ask him once and for all to look at this." However, the views of the Hollywood elite seemed out of step with those of ordinary Americans and they now face a backlash.
On the Los Angeles Times website only one in 30 comments from members of the public supported Polanski and most called for him to face justice.
He said: "I have a lot of affection for him, he is a man that I like very much but nobody should be above the law.
A source says that Goldberg doesn't like that The View producers defer to Hostin on issues pertaining to the African American community and resents the fact that the show's research says black viewers don't identify with her. Everyone - including Whoopi and Joy - is having a great time and it shows on air and it shows in the ratings.'A show source tells Daily Mail.com: 'It's common knowledge that African American viewers of the show respect Whoopi, but her point of view doesn't connect with them.
Execs were putting hard pressure on her, that’s the reason she backed down,' an insider told Fox 411.'It worked out well because as the story gets progressively worse, you don’t want to be seen as somebody defending someone, especially when they’ve admitted on public record for doing something so horrific.' President Obama meanwhile refused to weigh in on the specific accusations against Cosby on Wednesday, but did say; 'If you give a woman, or a man, for that matter, a drug and then have sex with that person without consent? And I think this country, or any civilized country, should have no tolerance for rape.'Goldberg, who has been the most vocal supporter of Cosby over the past few months, had legal expert Dan Abrams on The View, and began to voice a shift in opinion when she admitted that she was unaware that there is a statute of limitations on charges of rape.
She began by scolding those who criticized her support of Cosby, saying; 'Not any of you threatening me or telling me you’re coming after me because you don’t like what I said is going to change the fact that no one has convicted him, he has not been arrested, and the bottom line is that’s the law–innocent, until proven guilty.'She then went a step further and compared the allegations against Cosby's to the woman who falsely accused three players from the Duke lacrosse team of rape in 2006, despite the fact that Cosby now has over 30 women claiming they were raped and drugged by the actor.
Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar ave been in a seemingly endless battle for power behind the scenes of The View.
Goldberg, hosted last Friday's episode despite Fridays not being in her contract just to annoy Behar, a source told Daily Mail.com'Whoopi knows how to get under Joy's skin and takes every chance to do so,' the source said.