Fuller House star Candace Cameron Bure served as a panelist on The View from 2015 to 2016. With the daytime talk show being filmed in New York, Cameron Bure often had to commute cross-country between work and her husband, Val Bure, and their three kids – Lev, Natasha, and Maksim.
While the distance was already a challenge, Bure’s nerves were put to the test when a national tragedy occurred near her home. Thanks to a compassionate co-host, Cameron Bure was able to go on the air despite her distress.
Candace Cameron Bure received troubling news minutes before ‘The View’
When Cameron Bure got the news in December 2014 of the shooting in San Bernardino that killed 14 people and wounded 22 others, she also discovered her children’s schools were on lockdown due to the tragic incident.
“I felt so helpless, unable to protect my babies in Los Angeles from across the country in New York City,” she wrote in her book Kind is the New Classy: The Power of Living Graciously. “The heartbreak, disgust, and anger I was feeling had overtaken any sense of composure.”
When The View star was able to get in touch with one of her sons, she tried to gauge his emotional state.
“I’d called my kids and finally reached Lev on his cell,” she wrote. ““Are you okay? Do you feel safe? Tell me how you’re feeling,’ I asked. ‘After a brief chat, we hung up and I called my husband, Val, who had been filling me in on school details.”
Candace Cameron Bure and her husband Val Bure had a disagreement over her call
When Cameron Bure spoke with her husband and relayed the conversation she had with her son, he was upset with how she handled the situation.
“‘Why didn’t you reassure him everything is okay and they aren’t in any danger?’” The View alum recalled her husband asking her. “‘You’re causing panic that was never there for them.’ I was speechless. How could my questions of concern to my children be overshadowed by Val’s concern that I’d said the wrong things to them?”
Their conversation snowballed into a conflict that caused Cameron Bure to have a meltdown.
“My emotions got hot and heated, which isn’t typical for me unless I’m on the brink of overload,” she admitted. “I raised my voice in anger and started crying uncontrollably. Despite my attempts to keep my cool and lower my voice, I’m sure everyone could hear me. … I tried to calm myself and figure out how to pull it together enough to get through the live, one-hour show that started in just 30 minutes.”
Whoopi Goldberg was there for her ‘View’ co-host
Cameron Bure wept in her closet to avoid being heard. Then someone knocked on her dressing room door and persisted until she answered.
“I sat on the floor in the dark, knees pulled to my chest, face in my hands, sobbing,” she revealed. “I opened the dressing room door, and there stood my co-host, Whoopi Goldberg. “She took a step into my dressing room and closed the door behind her. There she stood with open arms as she said, ‘Come here.’ She hugged me, like a mama bear hugs and protects her babies. I sobbed into her shoulder… She kept hugging me until I decided to let go.”
Goldberg reassured Cameron Bure in her hour of need that she’d be by her side and help her through the show.
“‘You’re gonna be fine,’ ” the Fuller House star remembered Goldberg telling her. “‘I’ve got your back. I won’t let you fall out there. It’s gonna be okay. Just speak from your heart today.’ ”
Cameron Bure holds that “selfless act” by Goldberg close to her heart, and expressed her gratitude for her co-host’s support.
“That simple act of kindness was more valuable to me than any extravagant present,” Cameron Bure said in praise of Goldberg. “It was genuine kindness, pure and simple. … Because of that moment of kindness, I was able to walk onto the set with a little more hope that day, just when I needed it most.”