ABC’s ‘The View’ Informs Audience Co-Host Whoopi Goldberg Will Be Gone For Awhile


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Whoopi Goldberg, a co-host of ABC’s daytime issues gabfest “The View,” won’t be a part of the program for some time, according to the program.

On Wednesday, co-host Joy Behar announced that Goldberg is involved in making a film and that will keep her off The View set for some months.

“If you’re wondering where Whoopi is, the girl’s got a movie she’s making,” the 79-year-old Behar announced.

“And she will be back when she finishes whatever she’s doing. So she’s gone for a while,” she said.


“ICYMI: Our EGOT winner is away doing EGOT things! See you soon, @WhoopiGoldberg,” the show tweeted, adding that she will be back to host Hot Topics then, according to the New York Post.

The paper noted that she’ll be filming the upcoming Amazon series “Anansi Boys” in Scotland, so it’s actually a six-part series, not a film.

The Post adds:

The “Sister Act” star is on deck to play the character Bird Woman, a villainous goddess, in the miniseries. She opened up to Variety earlier this month about how thrilled she is to be a part of the production.

“Anansi Boys” is based on the 2005 fantasy book of the same name by British writer Gaiman. Malachi Kirby, L. Scott Caldwell, Delroy Lindo and Jason Watkins also star in the project. No release date has been set.

“I have been a fan of this book for a very long time and when Neil Gaiman told me it was being brought to the screen, I did everything I could to be part of it to help make people aware of Anansi and all his magic,” Goldberg told Variety.

“When I first conceived ‘Anansi Boys’ decades ago, I imagined Whoopi Goldberg as Bird Woman,” Gaiman toild the outlet.

“She mentioned that she had just finished listening to Sir Lenny Henry’s reading of ‘Anansi Boys’ and that it was one of her favorite books,” he continued. “Sometimes things feel planned and inevitable, and we are incredibly lucky. She’s going to be scary.”

Goldberg, one of the show’s most controversial figures, was suspended in February after making what several critics saw as an anti-Semitic remark.

ABC News President Kim Godwin said that Goldberg would be suspended for “her wrong and hurtful comments” about the Holocaust, where she claimed the Holocaust was “not about race.”


“While Whoopi has apologized, I’ve asked her to take time to reflect and learn about the impact of her comments,” Godwin said. “The entire ABC News organization stands in solidarity with our Jewish colleagues, friends, family, and communities.”

At the time, the New York Post reported that Goldberg was upset about her suspension and feels “humiliated.”

“She feels ABC executives mishandled this. She followed their playbook. She went on ‘The Late Show With Steven Colbert’ and then apologized again on ‘The View’ the next day,” a source reportedly told The Post. “Her ego has been hurt and she’s telling people she’s going to quit. Suspension from ‘The View’ is like getting suspended from Bravo. The bar is very low.”

Another insider told Page Six that the controversy was not “just going to blow over.”

“ABC staffers and Disney Network execs are saying Whoopi went way too far. And board members are not happy with her apology and want a fuller retraction. The word is that Whoopi is in ‘deep s–t,’” the ABC insider said.  “Why does Whoopi seemingly get a pass when others don’t? Perhaps this time she won’t. Many at the network — including her fellow hosts — believe Whoopi is too controversial now for the show.”

Goldberg eventually returned to the program after a short suspension, however.

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