Whoopi Goldberg named Legend at D23 Expo 2017

Do you have an EGOT? EGOT. Not EGO. EGOT.


EGOTs are far and few. And ’til today at D23 Expo 2017, there was not yet a LEGOT.

Whoopi Goldberg was hailed a Disney Legend today. Her love for Disneyland, Disney World, Disney movies, Disney toys – all things Disney make her a “Disney-phile”, as she put it during her acceptance speech.

“As I was [at dinner at Disneyland’s Steakhouse 55 last night], sitting alone, I had time to talk to my waiter, whose name was Steve,” she told the crowd. “I was getting Steve’s story, and I was saying, ‘Tell me, how long have you worked here?’ And Steve said, ’42 years’… and I said, ‘How did you stay at this company for 42 years?’ And he said, ‘I found it to be the best place to let me be me.’ And I feel the same way about my work with Disney since 1984, launching The Oprah Winfrey Show.”

“Every day, Disney ABC-7 let me be me,” she added. “It was an honor, and I feel that more than anything, being a legend, more than being a celebrity or being awarded for notoriety, that really a legend is about the common experience that we all hold and share, and every day, on that show, I was able to tell our common story.”

The Legends presentation was star-studded, with attendance from Oprah, Stan Lee, Mark Hamill, and “Lion King” director Julie Taymor as well. Tribute was given to the late Carrie Fisher.

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