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Joy Behar of ‘The View’ Provides Details Regarding Whoopi Goldberg’s Absence

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Joy Behar, one of the controversial left-wing co-hosts of ABC daytime talk show “The View,” made a big announcement regarding the future of another liberal co-host, Whoopi Goldberg.

Behar said on Monday that Goldberg, who essentially serves as the show’s moderator, will be taking some time off for another projection.

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

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

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The Hollywood Reporter provided more details about the project:

Amazon Studios’ series adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s Anansi Boys has added Oscar-winner Whoopi Goldberg to its cast.

Goldberg is one of six actors joining the series, which is filming in Scotland and will debut on Amazon’s Prime Video streaming service. Hakeem Kae-Kazim, Emmanuel Ighodaro, Cecilia Noble, Ayanna Witter-Johnson, and Don Gilet have also been cast.

Goldberg will pay Bird Woman, the god of birds and one of the story’s primary antagonists. She and the other new cast actors will play gods who make up the World Before Time — a place where the animals are gods who still walk and that’s full of beauty, magic, and danger.

“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 the outlet.

Gaiman added: “When I first conceived Anansi Boys, decades ago, I imagined Whoopi Goldberg as Bird Woman. I wasn’t able to meet her until 2018 when she interviewed me with some of the Good Omens team at New York Comic-Con.

“At which point 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. Sometimes things feel planned and inevitable, and we are incredibly lucky. She’s going to be scary,” he added.

Goldberg made headlines again recently over a statement she made about the Holocaust that critics deemed both inaccurate and anti-Semitic.

“Holocaust isn’t about race… it’s about man’s inhumanity to man,” she claimed, only to face some opposition from her other liberal co-hosts including Ana Navarro.

“But it’s about white supremacists going after Jews,” Navarro insisted, though Goldberg jumped in to disagree, claiming that “these are two white groups of people!”

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“The minute you turn it into a race it goes down this alley. Let’s talk about it for what it is. It’s how people treat each other. It doesn’t matter if you’re Black or white, Jews, it’s each other,” she said.

Goldberg went on to clarify her point further during a subsequent appearance on Stephen Colbert’s late-night program.

“I feel, being Black, when we talk about race, it’s a very different thing to me. So I said I thought the Holocaust wasn’t about race. And people got very angry and still are angry. I’m getting a lot of mail from folks and a lot of real anger. But I thought it was a salient discussion because as a Black person I think of race as being something that I can see,” she argued.

“So I see you and know what race you are. I thought it was more about man’s inhumanity to man. People said, ‘no, no, we are a race.’ I felt differently. I respect everything everyone is saying to me.”

ABC briefly suspended Goldberg after her remarks on the show.

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

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