Whoopi Goldberg Slammed For Take On Idris Elba's Candor On Seeking Therapy For Work/Life Balance

Whoopi Goldberg Slammed For Take On Idris Elba Seeking Therapy

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By Afouda Bamidele on October 3, 2023 at 9:15 AM EDT

Whoopi Goldberg has gotten embroiled in another social media controversy after sharing her take on actor Idris Elba's therapy update.

The actress declared that she would be "pissed" if her partner needed to go to therapy to figure out his life with her. Elba had admitted during a recent podcast interview that he began seeing a therapist a year ago to deal with him being an "absolute workaholic."

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Critics Called Out Whoopi Goldberg For Her Opinion On Idris Elba's Latest Confession

This week began with the multi-talented Elba discussing his therapy experience with DJ Annie Macmanus on the latter's podcast. The "Luther" actor, who began by mentioning, "I've been in therapy for about a year now. It's a lot," stated:

"It's not because I don't like myself or anything like that, it's just because I have some unhealthy habits that have really formed. And I work in an industry that I'm rewarded for those unhealthy habits… I'm rewarded for that. Whether it's to be selfish, or [because] I'm a workaholic. I'm an absolute workaholic, and that isn't great for life generally."

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The award winner's candor quickly became a talking point amongst people and the women of "The View" were not exempted. During the Monday episode of the daytime talk show, the panelists not only played the recording of Elba's words but also gushed about how sexy his voice sounded.

Once her co-hosts were done swooning over the "The Wire" performer's voice and accent, Goldberg expressed:

"I'm not interested because I like waking up to kitty cats that say feed me. There's no fuss, no muss. There's nobody that says 'I can't come home 'cause I'm busy.' No, there's no problem. People are saying he's working so hard that he doesn't have time to get home.

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That prompted Ana Navarro to publicly applaud the "What's Not to Like" rapper for taking the bold step of undergoing therapy to better his life, and that only made the "Sister Act" actress double down on her take. She said:

"I'm thrilled that's what you all heard. I heard something totally different. I'd be mad as h— at him if I was his wife. Because basically you're saying you have to go to therapy to figure out how to come home. That's an issue between you and I when you put it out there."

While her co-hosts simply listened to Goldberg, viewers took things a step further by pointing out the problems with her theory. One person wrote via X:

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"@TheView  @whoopigoldbeerg it's so nice to know you have a problem with a man like @idriselba for seeking therapy to help balance his work schedule so he can be more present in his family's life. You said you would be mad as hell. This is why you don't have a man and only cats."

"Workaholic, alcoholic, shopaholic, etc. All should be taken seriously.... Whoppi needs to chill," a second person noted, as a third claimed, "Notice how when it's a man's problem Woopi turned it around and made it about her?" Taking a more objective approach, a fourth lengthily typed:

"About Idris Elba, I think his dilemma of keeping his career up and his craft in demand he feels he needs to work/grind constantly sacrificing his family. He know it's not beneficial that's why he's going into therapy. Sometimes grace needs to be given."

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Idris Elba and wife Sabrina Dhowre Elba seen all smiling as arriving at The Beast Premiere in New York City

"Whoopi don't care about NOTHING today! But, I agree... who cares about Idris Elba going to therapy? These women are just lusting after him AND his voice," a fifth netizen chimed

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Elba And Wife Sabrina Incorporate Some 'Humor' In Their Romance

Long before Idris acknowledged the role of therapy in his work/life balance, the entertainer and his wife, Sabrina, opened up about how they navigated unavoidable arguments. Per The Blast, the pair had sat for an interview which they began by announcing the premiere date of the second season of their podcast, "Coupledom." 

After the announcement, Sabrina shared that having a show focused on helping "interesting duos" have "honest, unguarded conversations about all the complexities of living a shared life" didn't make her and Idris perfect. In fact, she asserted that the podcast's goal wasn't to give advice but to speak freely about relationships and acquire more knowledge.

With that knowledge, the couple had figured out the easiest way to deal with the occasional conflict. As the model disclosed, "Generally, if we have an argument, I don't like to go to bed angry, and I think he's the same. That's probably the one thing that we always try not to do."

Additionally, the power couple have implemented the use of "childish humor" to maintain the fun in their relationship, with Idris revealing that he loved making "fart noises" while his partner did "silly dances."

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