Ghostbusters star Leslie Jones held back the tears as she hailed Whoopi Goldberg


Ghostbusters star Leslie Jones got emotional as she paid a moving tribute to panellist Whoopi Goldberg during an appearance on The View.

Leslie thanked the co-host of the US show, which inspired ITV's Loose Women, for inspiring her before she was famous.

On Thursday's show, Leslie said she "cried so hard" when she saw Whoopi on TV for the first time because she "looked like me".

Leslie Jones, cast member of Ghostbusters

The Ghostbusters star said she knows her appearance in the new incarnation will in turn make her an inspiration to other little girls.

Leslie added that seeing a black woman gave her the confidence that she could be on TV one day, too. She told Whoopi that she loves what she's done for black women and black comedians.

A regular on long-running US series Saturday Night Live, Leslie stars alongside Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig and Kate McKinnon in the rebooted version of the classic 1980s film franchise.

The women have replaced the original quartet of Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis and Ernie Hudson.

On The View, Leslie also spoke about the trouble she had finding a designer to dress her for the Ghostbusters premiere. Luckily, Christian Siriano rode to the rescue and Leslie wowed in a red gown.

Leslie Jones

The announcement of the new female cast was met by criticism online from some Ghostbusters fans, while the film's trailer has attracted more than 900,000 "dislikes" on YouTube - a record number for a movie trailer on the website.

Speaking at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles, Melissa said she found the negative reaction "peculiar", while her fellow Bridesmaids actress Kristen said the film had been made "in the spirit of the first two".