LATEST: GHOST star Whoopi Goldberg has defended her choice to attack American President George W Bush, which led to her being dropped as a spokesperson for diet aid company SLIM-FAST.

Bosses at Slim-Fast dropped the OSCAR-winning star from their ad campaign, after admitting they were "disappointed" in her remarks at last Thursday's (08JUL04) $7.5 million (GBP4.1 million) star-studded fundraiser for presidential hopeful JOHN KERRY at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

Goldberg caused offence at the event, when, according to the NEW YORK POST, "She fired off a stream of vulgar sexual wordplays on Bush's name in a riff about female genitalia."

But an unrepentant Goldberg hits back in a written statement, "Just because I'm no longer in those (commercial) spots, it doesn't mean I will stop talking. While I can appreciate what the Slim-Fast people need to do in order to protect their business, I must also do what I need to do as an artist, as a writer and as an American - not to mention as a comic.

"I only wish that the Republican re-election committee would spend as much time working on the economy as they seem to be spending trying to harm my pocketbook."

15/07/2004 20:59