Whoopi Goldberg reportedly working on movie, explains absence from ‘The View’

Whoopi Goldberg is taking another break from ABC’s The View, the New York Post reports

This time, though, it has nothing to do with the outrageous statements that she makes on that daytime talk show.

Goldberg’s hiatus

Joy Behar, one of Goldberg’s co-hosts, has revealed that the reason that Goldberg has been and will be missing from The View is that she is working on a movie.

“If you’re wondering where Whoopi is, the girl’s got a movie she’s making,” Behar said on Monday. And, she will be back when she finishes whatever she’s doing. So, she’s gone for a while.”

Further information was provided on Wednesday. A tweet from The View stated, “ICYMI: Our EGOT winner is away doing EGOT things! See you soon, @WhoopGoldberg!”

The tweet included a picture of Goldberg that had an ICYMI message that read, “Whoopi is in Scotland filming Neil Gaiman’s ‘Anansi Boys’ and will be back at the Hot Topics table on May 2!”

Anansi Boys is a fantasy novel that Gaiman wrote and that Amazon is making a video series about, which will be available through its Prime Video streaming service. Goldberg has reportedly been cast as Bird Woman. The Hollywood Reporter writes:

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.

Background

When fans noticed Goldberg’s absence from the talk show, many wondered whether, once again, she got in trouble for something she said. Goldberg was recently suspended from the talk show after she made a remark that many deemed antisemitic.

“The Holocaust isn’t about race. No, it’s not about race,” Goldberg said, adding, “But it’s not about race. It’s not. It’s about man’s inhumanity to other man.”

Goldberg, subsequently, offered an apology, saying, “I stand corrected,” citing a statement from the Anti-Defamation League that read, “the Holocaust was about the Nazi’s systematic annihilation of the Jewish people — who they deemed to be an inferior race.”

“The Jewish people around the world have always had my support and that will never waiver,” Goldberg concluded. “I’m sorry for the hurt I have caused. Written with my sincerest apologies, Whoopi Goldberg.”

Goldberg has, since her suspension, returned to The View, hardly missing a beat. Many social media users have pointed out that there have been a number of other television personalities who have been fired for far less.

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