Whoopi Goldberg was noticeably absent from the season 27 premiere of The View, however her cohost Pleasure Behar assured followers that she’ll be again quickly.
“As you possibly can see, Whoopi just isn’t right here. She has COVID,” Behar, 80, defined throughout the Tuesday, September 5, episode of the discuss present. “Sure, it’s again. It’s again! However she’s on the mend. She’s on the tail finish and she or he’ll most likely be again this week. However sorry she’s not right here, for these of you who have been wanting ahead to seeing her.”
The View’s different 4 cohosts — Sunny Hostin, Sara Haines, Alyssa Farah Griffin and Ana Navarro — have been all current for the season 27 opener.
Goldberg, 67, beforehand missed a number of episodes in November 2022 after testing constructive for coronavirus throughout a present break. Earlier this yr, she was out sick with a virus that Behar mentioned was not associated to COVID-19. “She’s combating a nasty chilly,” Behar mentioned on the time.
Goldberg’s first COVID-19 prognosis got here in January 2022. She checked in together with her cohosts through livestream, explaining that she was experiencing delicate signs regardless of having obtained a number of vaccinations in opposition to the illness.
“It was a shock, as a result of I’m triple vaxxed, I haven’t been anyplace, I haven’t achieved something,” she mentioned on the time. “It’s a type of issues the place you suppose, ‘I’ve achieved every thing I used to be speculated to do.’ Yeah, it doesn’t cease omicron.”
The View has had a number of brushes with COVID-19 over time, together with a dramatic one in September 2021 when Hostin, 54, and Navarro, 51, have been pulled off the set mid-show after testing constructive for the sickness. Producers requested the duo to go away shortly earlier than they have been set to interview Vice President Kamala Harris.
Days later, nevertheless, Behar mentioned her colleagues’ checks have been truly false positives. “Everyone seems to be protected, wholesome and COVID-free,” she defined on the time. “Nobody’s obtained it. It was a mistake of some kind.”
Hostin, for her half, was grateful for her followers’ help however mentioned she was shocked that producers mentioned her well being on air earlier than telling her privately what was occurring. “I didn’t understand individuals favored me that a lot,” she joked. “But it surely was actually uncomfortable for my outcomes to be launched publicly earlier than I even knew what was happening.”
Earlier this yr, Griffin, 34, missed a number of episodes after contracting the sickness. “Hear, we preserve telling individuals it’s not gone, it’s nonetheless on the market, so do listen, as a result of it pops up and needs to provide you a kiss,” Goldberg advised viewers in March.