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The Truth About Ted Danson And Whoopi Goldberg's Relationship


The following story contains discussion of blackface and racial stereotypes.

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In October 1993, Ted Danson's name went down in infamy when he showed up at the Friars Club roast for his partner, Whoopi Goldberg, in blackface. According to People, Danson's "racial-slur-laden monologue" touched on the couple's sex life, and Danson ended the set by eating a tray of watermelon.

As if backlash weren't already imminent, Goldberg took to the stage to chastise the audience's reaction to the incident: "It takes a lot of courage to come out in blackface in front of 3,000. I don't care if you don't like it. I do!" However, the couple announced their breakup less than one month after the roast.

"I was a mess-and-a-half," Danson told AARP's magazine after the breakup. Goldberg also said about Danson, "It was real painful, and it was very public. And the loss of his friendship hurts a great deal. We can never go and have a soda, anywhere, I'm friends with almost every man I've gone out with, except this man."

Despite the drama surrounding their split, both Danson and Goldberg have moved on, and there's no bad blood between them. Danson and his wife Mary Steenburgen have been married for over 25 years; meanwhile, Goldberg has had many partners, but decided married life isn't for her and she's happier on her own.