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Whoopi Goldberg Shares With RuPaul and Michelle Why She Hates Flying

From Audio: Episode 247: Chaka Kahn & Whoopi Goldberg

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RuPaul: What's The Tee with Michelle Visage
Duration: 08:17
On "RuPaul What's The Tee? w/ Michelle Visage", the legendary Whoopi Goldberg joins the duo for stories, laughs, and meaningful discussions on anything imaginable. She shares why she would rather drive a bus cross-country than fly and how she got to London that one time.
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On "RuPaul What's The Tee? w/ Michelle Visage", the legendary Whoopi Goldberg joins the duo for stories, laughs, and meaningful discussions on anything imaginable. She shares why she would rather drive a bus cross-country than fly and how she got to London that one time.
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we've got Whoopi Goldberg here on the west coast of all places. Yes. Yes. Yeah. Now, how did you get out here? Because I know you don't like airplanes. No, I came on my bus. You have a bus? How long have you Had the bus for? 25 years? The same bus? Really? And at one point you said, you know, I'm gonna buy me a bus who drives it. Two very nice white people. Okay? And you trust one very nice white person and one black man. Very nice. Also, sorry? And uh and how long have they been with you on this 20 year journey? They've been probably two years, two years in? How do you hire new people? How do you learn to trust them? I mean, you know, you know how the ride should be. So you take them on a test ride and you go, oh, you know what? He just he just clipped that corner. No. You know, I just say here the rules. Yeah, eat something before you eat something before you something before we go. Get all the stuff you want to eat because we're not stop, we're not stopping twice for it would stop for fuel, But I need to get where we're going. Okay. So it takes a 20, 43 hours to get here. So how often? Because you work in new york, how often do you get out to the West Coast? Hardly ever, hardly ever. Really? Because of the bus thing? No, because it's, you know, I'm busy. Yeah. You have a job and this is, you know, the first adult job I've ever held life. Yeah. We're going to talk about your work ethic in a minute because you are one of the hardest working women. There's James Brown and then there's well over, you know, if you don't marry, well you got to keep working. That's right. That's absolutely right now. Um Okay so now we I think everybody knows that the reason you don't fly airplanes and uh if I Correent me if I'm wrong, I know that um I'm from standing on born and raised in San Diego and I happened to be there in 78 I think it was when there was an airplane accident. I was in the backyard washing my mother's car and I saw I didn't see the action. I saw I saw the billows of black smoke coming out of Golden Hill. I think he's in Golden Hill and and all of a sudden everybody's talking about visual plane accidents, plane accident. Now how close to you to this plane accident? How close were you to this thing? Well you know in SAn Diego, if you stand in the middle of the street you can see everything, you can see everything down to the water. The airport you can see. So we heard it we heard it. What part? How were you in Golden Hills? You were in Golden. Yeah okay so it was a P. ECE. That medicine Esna and not the private plane a small private plane and a jetliner. Yeah crashed into each other. Yeah they didn't know what to call it. Didn't see the other one and it was the name. Uh she wasn't looking at that was looking out the window. I think one of somebody had a heart attack. Assessment had a heart attack because the because they couldn't figure out where the plane was going to go. You know they couldn't no one could do anything and then it was just it was really kind of horrific and I you know I didn't I guess you know things but for some reason because I wasn't a person who had money to fly anyway, you know, but it was the first time that it occurred to me that something could happen and and you know and she, my Alex uh my daughter was probably four what happened to you on the road to not the same way, but let's not freak people out because a lot of you are going to be getting on planes in the last few days, you're listening to this, could be listening to this, so I please forgive me. But this is something that for me was it took me a long time to come to terms with the fact that things happened, you know and you just never know. But that was that was a huge one and that was the turning point. Was that the moment you said, okay uh you know what I'm done with planes? No I, I was, I was still flying, I, when I got famous, I flew places, uh, and then I think I had a pretty bad, turbulent flight and that was it. That was it. What year was 19 oh two? The Wright Brothers with a pilot's, That's right. There was, uh, probably somewhere in the eighties and nineties and I thought, I don't need to do this, I don't need to do it. I've been everywhere. I used to fly to Australia all the time and I miss it. Um, and so I just stopped doing it and, you know, stayed here. And then I took this job on the show with a view and they said, well, you know, we should, we should try to get you over that. So they, I started talking to the folks at Virgin and they have a whole system that they work with people like yourself. Yeah. Well JFK and they have, they had people in Los Angeles so they would go back and forth. And so I said, well I'm going to get on a plane by myself and I'm gonna go to L. A. Because I had said I was going to go to London and then really kind of forgot that I made this big edict and then the time was coming close tom who works with me, said um, you know that London trip, you said you were due to go and open sister act well, you know, it's next month. I was like, what? I was like, what? When did I say that you said, oh no, no, you don't. Yes. You said you would. And you said if they got you an anesthesiologist and cleared everything that you would fly with it and that's what they did. They put you to sleep? Yes. Oh my God, I saw you at the attitude awards. I think it was last year in London in London. Uh, true. What is that true? No, no, that's the, that trip was Maybe 7, 8 years ago. This is my mom passed while I was in London. Right? So she's almost almost gone about nine years. Yeah. And uh, but I'm a bushy woman. I will fly private. I'll do that. You know? But because I don't want people seeing what happens to me because you go through, because I go through it. And so, you know, and there's all these little planes now and you know, you can go with somebody and you know, everybody put some money together and they charter for, I will do that. And I'm going to London next, next, uh, step to know next month. Next october like next october october 22 years and 2020. Yeah, next year. So do you have to be an exercise to, to do it? Well, not the way I used to be. Yeah, that's the way you don't need the anesthesiologist. Just a low buzz. Just a big no, Xanax is not good. I don't like, I don't like Valium is good values. Okay. Yeah, but you really want to talk to your doctor because you need two things. You need something that's going to get rid of the anxiety and then something that will gently let you just rest up and close your odds. So you want something that will, you know, keep you going. So you're not totally out and crazy, but you, you want to be in charge is not what is and isn't that, you know, they say that, you know, people like to say santa because it's a fun word to say, but santa is I don't like, I've never like Xanax. I've never, I like a Valium. Valium does me just fine. And that's the end of the story. I never took any of them, but no people swear by them. I think. Yeah, but these are also, I think people are Xanax, you know, these are folks who said, you know what, I didn't know what was having. I drove to Teterboro airport. Yeah, I was buck naked like and I woke up there was blood in my pants yet and someone had braided my hair. Yes, not the hair on my head. That's a whole other conversation. True. But so, you know, drugs are not good for your Children. Don't Don't well, you know, it's a interesting point you bring up, we're gonna Zigzag all over the place here because you know, I haven't done drugs in 20 year
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