The hosts of the popular daytime talk show, “The View,” found themselves in the midst of a lively discussion on Monday as they addressed the recent controversy surrounding comedian Hasan Minhaj. Minhaj, known for his witty stand-up routines, came under fire for allegedly fabricating and embellishing stories in his act. The hosts, including moderator Whoopi Goldberg, passionately defended the comedian’s artistic license to exaggerate for comedic effect.
The uproar began after an exposé was published in The New Yorker on Friday, where Minhaj was accused of inventing or embellishing stories in his stand-up performances. In response, Minhaj defended his actions, stating, “Every story in my style is built around a seed of truth.”
During Monday’s episode of “The View,” Whoopi Goldberg, herself a seasoned comedian, expressed her support for Minhaj and addressed the criticisms. She declared, “That’s what we do! That’s what we do. We tell stories, and then we embellish them.”
Goldberg even shared a personal anecdote with her co-hosts to illustrate her point. She recalled a time when she was called out for not having a degree from NYU, despite her character Fontaine claiming to have one. “It’s like, listen, if you’re gonna hold a comic to the point where you’re gonna check up on their stories, you have to understand, a lot of it is not the exact thing that happened, ’cause why would we tell exactly what happened?” she questioned. “It ain’t that interesting!”
Goldberg’s co-hosts on “The View” largely agreed with her stance, emphasizing that comedy should not be taken as a source of factual information. Ana Navarro stated, “I don’t go see comedy shows, and I don’t see Netflix specials in comedy for documentary information. This is not encyclopedias, this is to be entertained.”
Alyssa Farah Griffin added to the discussion by saying, “I honestly assumed that most of them were making it up” in reference to comedians and their storytelling in stand-up acts.
The conversation on “The View” highlighted the age-old debate over artistic license and the expectations placed on comedians. While Minhaj’s approach to storytelling in his comedy is under scrutiny, many in the industry and his fellow comedians continue to support his right to entertain and amuse audiences with exaggerated tales that may deviate from the absolute truth.