Fact Check: Guy Fieri Did NOT Ban Whoopi Goldberg From 'His Restaurant'

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  • by: Uliana Malashenko
Fact Check: Guy Fieri Did NOT Ban Whoopi Goldberg From 'His Restaurant' Satire

Did celebrity TV chef Guy Fieri publicly ban "The View" host Whoopi Goldberg in January 2024 from visiting any of his restaurants? No, that's not true: A self-described satirical website, which specializes in what it calls "the freshest fake news," first published this claim. Goldberg has denied on air that she ever was kicked out of Fieri's restaurants.

The claim reappeared in a post (archived here) on X, formerly known as Twitter, on January 2, 2024. It said:

🚨Guy Fieri takes a bold step, telling Whoopi Goldberg 'You're not welcome here' and escorting her out of his restaurant🚨

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

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Twitter screenshot(Source: X screenshot taken on Fri Mar 15 14:35:06 2024 UTC)

However, the story was not an authentic news report grounded in facts.

On January 4, 2024, Goldberg refuted (archived here) the claim in her own words on air:

I've never been kicked out of Guy Fieri's restaurant.

The claim originated from an article (archived here) published on July 17, 2023 (archived here), on a website called SpaceXmania. As of this writing, the piece was marked as "satire" -- unlike many social media posts that shared it in the first three months of 2024:

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(Source: SpaceXmania screenshot taken on Fri Mar 15 15:08:31 2024 UTC)

The website's About section (archived here) reads:

Our mission? To bring you the freshest fake news, some sassy analysis, and a good dose of satire, all rolled into one crazy concoction that orbits around Elon Musk and everything that's lighting up the viral/trending charts.

... every single article on our site is about as real as a unicorn sipping on a rainbow smoothie. They're pure fantasy, folks, not a snapshot of reality.

We take pride in being the cool cats who offer you a front-row seat to our Satire/Fantasy News extravaganza.

The disclaimer (archived here) placed next to it continues:

SpaceXMania does not make any warranties about the completeness, reliability, and accuracy of this information. Any action you take upon the information you find on this website (SpaceXMania), is strictly at your own risk. SpaceXMania will not be liable for any losses and/or damages in connection with the use of our website. ...

Please note that the article under the category 'SATIRE' are satirical in nature and are not meant to be taken seriously. These articles are meant to be humorous and are often entirely made up. We make no claim that the information presented in these articles is true or accurate.

Readers should exercise caution and use their own judgment when reading and interpreting our satirical articles. We take no responsibility for any actions taken based on the content of these articles.

A Google News search (archived here) did not produce any credible reports corroborating the purported feud, but it shows many other fact checks addressing variations of the claim.

Lead Stories previously has debunked other online rumors about Goldberg. Our fact checks of claims about the entertainment industry can be found here.

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  Uliana Malashenko

Uliana Malashenko is a New York-based freelance writer and fact checker.

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