Fact Check: Whoopi, Joy, and Sunny Did NOT Say They'll Quit 'Immediately' If 'The View' Adds Candace Owens -- It's A Satire Post

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  • by: Alexis Tereszcuk
Fact Check: Whoopi, Joy, and Sunny Did NOT Say They'll Quit 'Immediately' If 'The View' Adds Candace Owens -- It's A Satire Post Satire Site

Did Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar and Sunny Hostin all say they'll quit "immediately" if "The View" adds Candace Owens as a host? No, that's not true: This claim comes from a satirical website that has a history of fabricating content surrounding popular topics, and features a disclaimer that states, "Everything on this website is fiction." Lead Stories could not find any evidence on Google News to substantiate the claim.

The claim appeared in an article (archived here) where it was published by The Dunning-Kruger Times on March 31, 2023 but gained popularity again in September 2023 under the title "Whoopi, Joy, and Sunny All Say They'll Quit "Immediately" If The View Adds Candace Owens". It opened:

Candace Owens scares the women of "The View." The trio of twisted leftists that is Whoopi, Joy, and Sunny have made it clear: If the network hires her, they'll quit.

This is what the post looked like at the time of writing:

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(Source: The Dunning-Kruger Times website screenshot taken on Thurs Sep 14 16:41:42 2023 UTC)

The Candace Owens story is completely fabricated, as are the rest of the stories on the website. A Google search yielded zero instances on any credible news outlet of Goldberg's purported quote:

"She's a MAGA extremist who sells nonsense to numbskulls," said Whoopi, "There's no way I'll sit at a table and take her seriously."

A Google search for the keywords "candace owens joins the view" also yielded zero results from credible, reliable outlets.

Other Lead Stories fact checks about The Dunning-Kruger Times stories can be found here. Stories about Goldberg can be found here and Owens can be found here.

The Dunning-Kruger Times

The Dunning-Kruger Times is a satirical website with an about page (archived here) that has following disclaimer:

About Us

Dunning-Kruger-Times.com is a subsidiary of the 'America's Last Line of Defense' network of parody, satire, and tomfoolery, or as Snopes called it before they lost their war on satire: Junk News

About Satire

Before you complain and decide satire is synonymous with 'comedy':

sat·ire ˈsaˌtī(ə)r noun: The use of humor, irony, exaggeration, OR ridicule to expose and criticize people's stupidity or vices, particularly in the context of contemporary politics and other topical issues.

Everything on this website is fiction. It is not a lie and it is not fake news because it is not real. If you believe that it is real, you should have your head examined. Any similarities between this site's pure fantasy and actual people, places, and events are purely coincidental and all images should be considered altered and satirical. See above if you're still having an issue with that satire thing.

The website is named after the Dunning-Kruger effect, a term from a psychology experiment that describes the phenomenon of being ignorant of one's own ignorance. (That experiment has been disputed by a math professor.)

It is run by self-described liberal troll Christopher Blair.

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  Alexis Tereszcuk

Alexis Tereszcuk is a writer and fact checker at Lead Stories and an award-winning journalist who spent over a decade breaking hard news and celebrity scoop with RadarOnline and Us Weekly.

As the Entertainment Editor, she investigated Hollywood stories and conducted interviews with A-list celebrities and reality stars.  

Alexis’ crime reporting earned her spots as a contributor on the Nancy Grace show, CNN, Fox News and Entertainment Tonight, among others.

Read more about or contact Alexis Tereszcuk

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