“The View” returned one co-host short. On Tuesday, the long-running daytime talk show kicked off its 27th season, but Joy Behar announced at the beginning of the show that Whoopi Goldberg was absent due to COVID. READ MORE: Whoopi Goldberg Fires Back At Conservative Backlash Over ‘Barbie’: ‘It’s A Movie About A Doll’ “We’re back.
Thank you, this is the premiere show of our 27th year on the air. I was here for all of it, except for two, when they canned me.
When they sacked my behind,” Behar said. “As you can see, Whoopi is not here, she has COVID,” she continued. “Yes, it’s back, it’s back, but she’s on the mend, she’s on the tail end, and she’ll probably be back this week.
But, sorry she’s not here, for those of you that were looking forward to seeing her.” Goldberg has missed tapings of “The View” before, including in November 2022, when she was forced to miss several episodes after contracting COVID-19. READ MORE: Whoopi Goldberg Responds To Raven-Symoné Recalling Her Giving Off ‘Lesbian Vibes’ On ‘The View’ She first caught the virus in January 2022, and earlier this year, in February, Goldberg had to miss episodes due to a “bad virus” that was not COVID.