Whoopi Goldberg defends Cruise’s profane COVID rant, says crew is replaceable but he’s not
The View’s Whoopi Goldberg, 65, came to the defense of actor Tom Cruise over his eruption at his crew on the upcoming movie “Mission Impossible 7” for breaking coronavirus safety protocols. The leaked audio went viral immediately. Goldberg along with other celebrities says she totally understands his response.
“You know, some people don’t understand why he would get so angry,” Goldberg said Wednesday on “The View.” “I get it.”
“You can get a new camera operator – no disrespect to camera operators. You can get a new sound man. But if [Cruise] is looking over and he can see you not doing what you’re supposed to be doing, it’s kind of like a little bit of a middle finger, in my opinion,” Goldberg reasoned.
“If he goes down with COVID, the movie’s done,” she said. “You can’t get another Tom Cruise!”
Cruise reportedly lost it when two of his crew got within 6.5 feet of each other around a computer monitor. He unleashed an F-bomb-laced epic rant. They weren’t maintaining social distancing and he nailed them for it.
“I believe that Tom Cruise was completely justified in doing that,” Joy Behar agreed. Sunny Hostin chimed in on how people violating protocols, especially in a pandemic, “probably warrants his rage, his anger, his disappointment.”
Sara Haines did not agree with the others on the issue. “Only a Tom Cruise on a set could get away with that… You should never speak to grown adults like the way he just did,” she explained.
It is being reported that at least five of his crew quit after the rant.
“You will get 50 emails from people who will tell you that when you see something on a set that is as dangerous as people not taking this [virus] seriously, you do go off, and you do go crazy,” replied Goldberg, dismissing Haines’ point. “You’d think that adults would know better, but we’re fighting every day … You want to scream at people!”
Many have pointed out that Cruise, 58, could have pulled the offenders aside and spoken with them privately rather than publicly scolding them and threatening everyone on the set.
According to The Sun, Cruise has been in production on “Mission Impossible 7” all over Europe during the pandemic and called the set of the film the “gold standard” of shooting.
“They’re back there in Hollywood making movies right now because of us,” he chastised the crew. “We are creating thousands of jobs, you motherf—ers. That’s it. No apologies. You can tell it to the people that are losing their f—ing homes because our industry is shut down.”
“We are not shutting this f—ing movie down. Is it understood? If I see it again, you’re f—ing gone.”
Cruise is also the executive producer on the project. It’s being reported that he doled out $700,000 of his own money to charter two cruise ships from Norway’s Hurtigruten company to be used to house cast and crew for the film in September.
George Clooney also defended Cruise. “He didn’t overreact, because it is a problem,” Clooney told Howard Stern on the radio personality’s SiriusXM show. “I have a friend who’s an AD on another TV show who just had the almost exact same thing happen with not quite as far out a response.”
“You’re in a position of power and it’s tricky, right? You do have a responsibility for everybody else and he’s absolutely right about that. And, you know, if the production goes down, a lot of people lose their jobs. People have to understand that and have to be responsible. It’s just not my style to take everybody to task that way,” he said.