Whoopi Goldberg Reignites Feud With Bill Maher Over COVID Jokes

Whoopi Goldberg Bill MaherTheir feud was rekindled on a recent episode The ViewFollowing some recent comments, Real TimeHost discussed COVID-19 mandates. This is not the first topic on which they disagree. 

Television Hosts Fight Over Vaccine and Mask Mandates

The hosts of The View were discussing Robert Kennedy Jr.’s anti-vax statements and Goldberg was quick to draw comparisons between Kennedy’s opinions and Maher’s own. Goldberg mocked Maher for his flippant comments about the inconvenience of vaccine checks and mask mandates, even though he is not anti-vax. 

In a clip from his own show, Maher — joined by journalist Bari Weiss and New York Congressman Ritchie Torres — complained about the lack of normalcy in today’s world, blaming it on the precautions many are taking against COVID. 

“I don’t want to live in your paranoid world anymore — your masked, paranoid world,” Maher said. “You go out, it’s silly now! You must have a mask, a card, and a booster. They scan your head like you’re a cashier and I’m a bunch of bananas. I’m not bananas. You are.”

Goldberg slammed Maher for his comments, saying, “That’s not really funny to people who have lost their kids. People who have lost close friends or family members to this. Listen: nobody on the planet really wants to go through this….This is what we’re doing to protect our families.”

The actress directed her comments towards Maher, saying that if Maher finds it all too inconvenient, he should just leave. “You don’t have to do it, but stay away from everybody. Because if you’re the one who’s not paying attention, and coughing and sneezing, then stay out of the public, man. This is what nobody wants. I don’t want it.”

“I think he’s forgetting that people are still at risk who cannot get vaccinated — little kids under the age of 5 or people with health conditions,” she continued. “How dare you be so flippant, man?”

Their Previous Fight

Goldberg’s co-hosts agreed with her; Sara Haines posited that, while these regulations feel unnatural now, they’ll soon be normalized. “I think there’s a prudence we’ve learned with the masks, the hand sanitizing, that, kind of like 9/11 with flying, is always going to be here now,” she shared. “There’s a new normal. In the beginning, post-9/11, people didn’t want to fly. And the security measures felt like, ‘Uh, how do we do this?’ Now it’s the norm.”

This isn’t the first time Goldberg and Maher have sparred over their differing opinions. They previously publicly duked it out over the inclusion of “Lift Every Voice and Sing” — the unofficial “Black national anthem — at some NFL football games. 

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