The Ghostbusters star stopped by The View on Thursday and paid homage to her idol, telling Whoopi how seeing her onscreen as a child had a huge impact on the way she perceived herself and her own ability to pursue a career in comedy.
Tearfully, Leslie revealed, “When I was young, my dad always let me listen to comedy albums. I always knew about comedy, I always loved comedy. The day that I saw Whoopi Goldberg on television, I cried so hard, because I kept looking at my daddy going, ‘Oh my god. there’s somebody on TV that looks like me! She looks like me! Yay! I can be on TV! I can be on TV! I can do it! Look at her look at her! She looks just like me.”
She added, “I just want to thank you from the bottom of my heart. Because now I know what I’m doing that when I put on that Ghostbusters suit, and little girls see me on TV now, now they’re gonna go, I can do it. You gave that to me, and I love you…and I love you for what you’ve done for black women, I love you for what you’ve done for black comedians, and I love you.”
Leslie Jones’ Ghostbusters remake hits theaters on Friday. Check out the touching clip above.
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