Whoopi Goldberg was significantly absent from the season 27 premiere The viewbut her co-host Joy Behar assured fans that she will be back soon.
“As you can see, Whoopi isn’t here. She has COVID,” Behar, 80, explained on Tuesday, Sept. 5 episode of the talk show. “Yes, it’s back. It’s back! But she’s on the mend. She’s finished and will probably come back this week. But I’m sorry she’s not here for those of you who were looking forward to seeing her.”
The viewThe other four co-hosts – Sunny Hostin, Sarah Haines, Alyssa Farah Griffin And Ana Navarro — were all present at the season 27 premiere.
Goldberg, 67, missed some episodes back in November 2022 after testing positive for coronavirus during a show break. Earlier in the year, she was ill with a virus that Behar said was unrelated to COVID-19. “She’s battling a bad cold,” Behar said at the time.
Goldberg’s first COVID-19 diagnosis was in January 2022. She contacted her co-hosts via livestream and explained that she was experiencing mild symptoms despite having been vaccinated multiple times against the disease.
“It was a shock because I’ve been triple vaccinated, I’ve been nowhere, I’ve done nothing,” she said at the time. “It’s one of those things where you think, ‘I’ve done everything I should do.’ Yes, it doesn’t stop Omicron.”
The View has had several encounters with COVID-19 over the years, including a dramatic one in September 2021 when Hostin, 54, and Navarro, 51, were taken off set mid-show after testing positive for the disease. Producers asked the duo to leave just before the VP interview Kamala Harris.
Days later, however, Behar said her colleagues’ tests had actually been false positives. “Everyone is safe, healthy and COVID-free,” she declared at the time. “Nobody has it. It was kind of a mistake.”
For her part, Hostin was grateful for her fans’ support but said she was surprised that the producers discussed her health condition on the show before privately telling her what was going on. “I didn’t know people liked me that much,” she joked. “But it was really uncomfortable that my results were released before I even knew what was going on.”
Earlier this year, Griffin, 34, missed a few episodes after contracting the disease. “Listen, we keep telling people it’s not gone, it’s still out there, so pay attention because it shows up and wants to give you a kiss,” Goldberg told viewers in March.