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How long were Ted Danson and Whoopi Goldberg dating back in the '90s?

Eve Edwards August 4, 2022
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Two comedy legends in one couple? Some fans of Ted Danson and Whoopi Goldberg still can’t get their whirlwind romance back in the ’90s.

EGOT winner Whoopi Goldberg, 66, is best known for her roles in Sister Act, Ghost, and The Color Purple. She has also been the host of The View since 1997. Danson, 74, is known for starring in Cheers, Three Men and a Baby, and more recently in The Good Place.

If you didn’t know the pair dated, this revelation might come as a surprise. Let’s take a look at the relationship between the two which ended Ted Danson’s second wife.

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How long were Ted Danson and Whoopi Goldberg dating?

According to HELLO Magazine, the comedy stars Ted Danson and Whoopi Goldberg first were romantically linked in 1992, when they began filming Made in America.

The pair met back in 1988 when they both appeared on The Arsenio Hall Show, a late-night talk show. They would star in Made in America together four years later when Whoopi was single and Ted Danson was married to Cassandra Coates.

They reportedly dated for just 18 months in a high-profile whirlwind romance. Whoopi and Ted were often spotted out, particularly as they promoted Made in America. But their relationship was short-lived. After just 18 months of dating, Whoopi Goldberg and Ted Danson parted ways. While the explicit reason for their breakup was never disclosed, there are allegations from tabloids at the time Ted ended things after pressure from his parents.

Whoopi has spoken of their separation in the past. She said in an interview post-breakup: “It was really 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.”

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Ted and Whoopi’s relationship cost him $30 million

As news of Ted Danson and Whoopi Goldberg’s relationship came to light, Cassandra “Casey” Coates filed for a divorce.

Cassandra Coates and Ted Danson had been married for 16 years and had two children, Kate and Alexis, together.

After Coates filed for divorce, she walked away with $30 million, making it one of the most expensive celebrity divorces ever, per HELLO Magazine’s report.

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Ted Danson has gone on to find happiness in later marriages

After their short-lived romance, Ted Danson and Whoopi Goldberg went on to find happiness in later marriages.

Danson has been married to Mary Steenburgen, an actress known for Step Brothers and The Proposal. Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen met on the set of Pontiac Moon (1995). They have been together since.

Whoopi Goldberg married Lyle Trachtenberg, an actor in Dusk Till Dawn (1996) and Beach Movie (1998). They married in 1994, separating a year later. Goldberg has not remarried since separating from Trachtenberg.

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