Whoopi Goldberg has gone viral for her one-word reaction to a lengthy rant from The View co-host Meghan McCain.

The exchange happened during a discussion about Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s Sunday night interview with Oprah Winfrey, and British TV personality Piers Morgan, who stormed off “Good Morning Britain” on Tuesday after he was called out for questioning Markle’s admission that she had felt suicidal.

McCain started talking about the American Revolution and how she loves visiting Virginia’s Mount Vernon as “the home place of our Founding Fathers,” explaining that she doesn’t want to defend the monarchy because she’s “a red-blooded 100 per cent American who celebrates freedom anyway I can.”

She then talked of a generational divide in the UK between how young and older people think of the monarchy, and went on to encourage “all Americans to visit Mount Vernon and see why monarchies are stupid.”

She concluded: “The American experiment is the way to go, and if we have two American women — Meghan Markle and Oprah Winfrey — who are single-handedly finishing what George Washington and our revolutionary counterparts did, I’m all for it.”

Whoopi Goldberg looked distinctly unimpressed, paused for three full seconds to process what she’d just heard and then simply said: “OK.”

She swiftly cut to a commercial break, saying: “I guess we’ll talk more about this when we come back.”

Her response resonated with viewers at home, as the clip soon garnered more than 1.6 million views, and Whoopi’s name began trending on Twitter.

In response to the clip, one person wrote: “We are all so sick of ranting @meghanMccain. Get rid of her.”

Someone else said: “Apparently you have to write one insanely confusing, acid-trip of a monologue when you know you’re not allowed to actually say “How dare this black lady-demon mess up these good white peoples’ lives!” I had to watch this several times to grasp what she was going at.”

Another wrote: “Folks. It’s official. Please meet the dumbest person in America. Enjoy.”

One person joked: “I swear this made my day. #WhoopiGoldberg her reaction!”

Another wrote: “Folks. It’s official. Please meet the dumbest person in America. Enjoy.”

Perez Hilton added: “#WhoopiGoldberg‘s reaction says so much! #MeghanMcCain#MeghanMarkle#OprahWinfrey.”

The comedian Justin Martindale wrote: “It’s 2021 and we are all Whoopi.”

Tensions have arisen between Goldberg and McCain in the past, with the show’s panellists known to quarrel...but in this instance, words simply aren’t enough.

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