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Whoopi Goldberg will be out of ‘The View’ for ‘a while’


Whoopi Goldberg will take a break from her duties on “The View” in the coming days – an absence that co-panellist Joy Behar attributed to obligations filming an acting gig.

Behar addressed Goldberg’s plans at the start of Monday’s broadcast of the daytime talk show, which featured former White House communications director Alyssa Farah Griffin as a guest host alongside Sara Haines, Sunny Hostin and Ana Navarro.

“If you’re wondering where Whoopi is, the girl has a movie she’s doing and she’ll be back when she’s finished what she’s doing,” Behar said. “So she’s gone for a while.”

Behar did not provide further details on how long Goldberg will be absent from the show. ABC representatives did not immediately return a request for comment.

Goldberg, 66, is set to appear on Amazon Studios’ upcoming project “Anansi Boys,” an adaptation of author Neil Gaiman’s novel. She will play ‘Bird Woman’ – described as one of the series’ ‘key antagonists’.

Goldberg was spotted at a restaurant in Scotland, where the show is currently being filmed.

Whoopi Goldberg’s absence was announced on Monday’s episode of “The View.”
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“I’ve been a fan of this book for a very long time and when Neil Gaiman told me it was coming to the screen, I did everything I could to be a part of it and help people take awareness of Anansi and all his magic,” Goldberg said in a statement about the role last week.

Goldberg’s absence follows a tumultuous period in his tenure on “The View.”

ABC suspended Goldberg from “The View” for two weeks earlier this year. The suspension came after Goldberg faced widespread condemnation for saying during a segment that the Holocaust was “not about race”.

Goldberg later apologized.

“Jewish people around the world have always had my support and that will never change. [sic]. I’m sorry for the hurt I caused,” she tweeted.

Despite the apology, a source told the Post that Goldberg was “livid” over the suspension — to the point that she threatened to quit the show altogether.

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