The view started its 27th season with a conspicuous absence at the Hot Topics table.
Longtime co-host Whoopi Goldberg sat out Tuesday’s season premiere after testing positive for COVID-19, Joy Behar revealed, though she was quick to indicate that Goldberg will likely be back soon.
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“As you can see, Whoopi is not here. She has COVID,” Behar shared. “Yes, it’s back. It’s back! But she’s on the mend. She’s on the back burner, and she’ll probably be back this week. But sorry she’s not here, for those of you who were looking forward to see her.”
This is the second time a COVID diagnosis has forced Goldberg to sit out The view‘s broadcasts, after being sidelined by the virus in November 2022. Then, in February of this year, she was absent for several days due to what Behar called “a bad cold.”
The view‘s other five co-hosts — Behar, Sunny Hostin, Sara Haines, Alyssa Farah Griffin and Ana Navarro — were all present for Tuesday’s return. In a somewhat surprising move, The view did not change its hosting setup at all between seasons 26 and 27, a rare occurrence in the events of a series with typically high turnover.
“This combination of co-hosts is very special,” executive producer Brian Teta previously said in a statement. “They’re having fun at the table, but they’re also talking about important issues, reacting to real-time news and having tough conversations. They have great chemistry, and everyone in our audience can find a perspective to connect with. Now we’re moving in in a presidential election cycle, when The view is historically at its strongest, and I’m very excited for what’s to come in Season 27.”
Watch Behar explain Goldberg’s absence in the video above, then hit the comments and tell us: Did you miss Goldberg during Tuesday’s season premiere?
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