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    Barbara Corcoran Has Apologized To Whoopi Goldberg After The "Shark Tank" Judge Faced Backlash For Body-Shaming Her On "The View"

    "I made a joke at Whoopi's expense, which I now realize wasn't funny."

    Barbara Corcoran is facing backlash online after her televised comment about Whoopi Goldberg's appearance went viral, sparking widespread criticism as well as accusations of fat-shaming.

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    The Shark Tank judge, who's pictured beside Whoopi in the 2016 photo below, joined The View cohosts during yesterday's broadcast.

    The cast of Shark tank posing with some of the hosts of The View
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    Their conversation about Emma Grede — the CEO of Good American and first Black woman to appear on Shark Tank as a guest judge — prompted a flurry of praise for the apparel brand founder and her company, which promotes healthy body image and sells clothes in inclusive sizes.

    Whoopi Goldberg talking as Ana Navarro sits next to her
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    When Whoopi asked if the jeans would fit her, hosts Sunny Hostin and Ana Navarro replied affirmatively. Barbara said, "And when you get finished with those jeans and decide you don't like them, give them to me. I'm gonna make two pairs!"

    If you come for the Legend Whoopi, Queen Ana is gonna come for YOU! #theview

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    People scrutinized Barbara's remark on social media following her appearance on The View, with many pointing out how offensive and problematic it was.

    Shortly after Thursday's episode, Barbara apologized to Whoopi in a video that she shared on Twitter. "I just came back from The View and saw my old friend Whoopi. She has a phenomenal sense of humor, and I've known Whoopi for years," she said.

    @BarbaraCorcoran / Via Twitter: @BarbaraCorcoran

    "I made a joke at Whoopi's expense, which I now realize wasn't funny," Barbara continued, adding, "For anyone who I may have offended unintentionally, I just wanted to say I really am very sorry."

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    Whoopi responded to the video early this morning and appeared to accept her friend's apology. "Barbara we have been friends forever and I know your humor, I knew you were kidding," she wrote.

    @BarbaraCorcoran Barbara we have been friends forever and i know your humor, i knew you were kidding

    @WhoopiGoldberg / Via Twitter: @WhoopiGoldberg

    While Whoopi herself might not have been offended by Barbara's comment, numerous Twitter users went on to note that, regardless, it wasn't OK to say. Feel free to share your own thoughts on this below.