Zap2it: The “Moms Mabley” film was your directorial debut. What was the experience like?
Whoopi Goldberg: It’s a documentary. I didn’t direct people what to say. The ride is mine.
Zap2it: Do you want to do more documentaries?
Whoopi Goldberg: Ken Burns does the greatest documentaries, and does the 10-part documentaries, and the way he wants to do it. I would like to do a 10-part series starting with black entertainment from the end of the 1800s through till now. And do another 10-part [series] on the history of black people in sports, and talk about Wilma Rudolph and Willie Mays and all of the guys, the Globetrotters and the black golfers and Arthur Ashe.
Zap2it: You wound up raising money online and then took some criticism for it. What was that about?
Whoopi Goldberg: I did some of the money through Kickstarter. I ran out of money because it is some expensive s*** . There are people who work for me in L.A. and here (New York). I never married well, but often. There is no money to fall back on, so when it ran out, the only thing to do is Kickstarter. And I love Kickstarter and giving money to Kickstarter, and I hoped people would feel the same about me. There were a couple of nasty letters to me. I am sorry — do you know my financial life? Do you think I would open myself to this kind of bulls*** if I didn’t need the help? And you are just assuming that everyone who is an actor is a billionaire.