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Goldberg to star on TV's The View
Whoopi Goldberg and Barbara Walters
The View's Barbara Walters announced Goldberg's new role on air
Oscar-winning actress Whoopi Goldberg is to take a major role on US daytime TV talk show The View.

The 51-year-old is replacing Rosie O'Donnell, who quit the programme in May after an argument with a co-host over the war in Iraq.

Goldberg jogged down the aisle of the studio slapping hands with the audience when the announcement was made on air.

Her role on the ABC show, which she will begin full-time in September, will include moderating discussions.

She will also have to make sure that the programme keeps running on time.

'Never be mean'

Goldberg said: "This is such a big old thrill for me."

"I just figure I'm going to be me. They know who I am and know what I do, so nobody will be surprised if I disagree strongly but not meanly. I'll never be mean. It's just not in me," she added.

A regular on Star Trek: The Next Generation, Goldberg won her Academy Award for her role in the 1990 film Ghost.

Creator of The View Barbara Walters said: "What Whoopi will bring us is fun. This is an entertainment programme. We are not a news magazine."

Several candiates are currently being considered for another role on the show, which is expected to be announced later this year.

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