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Whoopi Goldberg's Will Prevents Her From Being Made Into A Hologram After Death

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By Afouda Bamidele on July 14, 2023 at 12:00 AM EDT

Whoopi Goldberg wants nothing to do with an after-life hologram!

Even though dead celebrity holograms are gradually becoming popular, the renowned stand-up comedian is so repulsed by the idea of becoming one that she touted against it in her will.

She disclosed the tidbit during a dialogue about a Michigan court validating the handwritten will of Aretha Franklin that had been found under one of the late singer's sofa cushions. 

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Since cheating death has been one of humanity's greatest goals, the emergence of hologram concerts that allow fans to connect with their fave superstars through the celeb's body of work is fast becoming a welcome technological advancement. Despite that, Goldberg has emphatically rejected any idea that her likeness will appear in a digital avatar after she dies.

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She opened up about the measures she has taken to ensure she remains dead during Wednesday's episode of "The View." In a clip shared via the daytime talk show's Twitter page, the "Sister Act" actress is heard saying:

"I'm just going to be dust in the wind. I'm going to be going around the world; I'm going to be everywhere. I might be in your backyard — I don't know. I don't want people to feel obligated to come to the cemetery. If you want to remember me, remember me."

After co-host Alyssa Farah Griffin talked about the posthumous exploitation of actress Marilyn Monroe because she did not control how she wanted to be portrayed after death, Joy Behar asked the five-woman panel if they cared about their portrayals.

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Responding to the question, Goldberg stated, "I don't want to be a hologram. That's been in my will for 15 years." She then admitted that "They don't ask you, that's the thing," after Behar pointed out that nobody "has really asked" her if she wanted "to be a hologram yet."

"They just do it, and then you go - 'Hey, isn't that Tupac? Wait a minute.' I don't want that. It's a little freaky, creepy," the EGOT queen explained further.

The conversation soon wrapped up after Griffin disclosed that it could be okay to make posthumous holographic recordings of people if their estate permitted it, and the "A Little Bit of Heaven" bantered: "My estate doesn't want it. My estate wants to be left alone."

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Goldberg is the latest A-lister to publicly denounce wanting a hologram, following singer-songwriter Dolly Parton's recent declaration. Per PEOPLE, the "Islands in the Stream" hitmaker had asserted last week:

"I think I've left a great body of work behind. I have to decide how much of that high-tech stuff I want to be involved [with] because I don't want to leave my soul here on this earth. I think with some of this stuff I'll be grounded here forever."

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She then jokingly shared that as far as fans getting a hologram concert was concerned, "everything" about her, including "any intelligence," was already artificial.

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The 'How Stella Got Her Groove Back' Actress' Will Additionally Thwarts Any Future Biopic Plans

In December 2022, PEOPLE reported that Goldberg had informed her "The View" co-panelists that her will blocked any attempts to create a biopic in her honor. The topic came about as the women talked about Netflix's controversial film, "Blonde," which detailed the life and times of the late Monroe.

Sharing that she had previously talked to the 67-year-old about the topic as it concerned her life, Sunny Hostin expressed, "It sounds macabre, but I was speaking to Whoopi, and I was saying that she's such a famous person that when she passes away, people are going to make films."

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However, before the lawyer finished her line of thought, Goldberg interjected, "Actually, they're not. They're not going to make films. Because in my will it says, 'Unless you speak to my family, try it.'"

"And that's what has to be done," Hostin chimed in agreeably. Meanwhile, Andrew Dominik, the director of "Blonde" had addressed the backlash the biopic received earlier in the same month, claiming:

"Now we're living in a time where it's important to present women as empowered, and they want to reinvent Marilyn Monroe as an empowered woman. That's what they want to see and if you're not showing them that, it upsets them. Which is kind of strange because she's dead."

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