Reality TV star and singer Nicole Richie has jumped to comedienne WHOOPI GOLDBERG's defence after she was dropped by diet aid company SILM-FAST for taunting American President George W Bush.

Bosses at Slim-Fast dropped the OSCAR-winning star from their ad campaign, after admitting they were "disappointed" in her

remarks at 8 July's (04) $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."

And While Goldberg stands by her comments, Nicole also has a few things to say on the matter in the funnygirl's defence.

She notes, "She's a comedian. I mean, that's her job. She's very edgy anyway, so I don't know why they didn't choose BETTY CROCKETT instead of her.

"What happened to freedom of speech? She was just being funny and I don't think that there's anything wrong with that."

16/07/2004 01:48