"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," the 80-year-old said. "As you can see, Whoopi is not here, she has COVID. 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."
ABC Whoopi Goldberg on ' The View'
This isn't the first time the 67-year-old has missed out on The View due to COVID. She previously got the virus in November 2022, missing several episodes as a result. Before that, she dealt with a COVID infection in January 2022.
In February of this year, she was out sick with a "bad virus" that was not COVID-related, Behar announced at the time.
I’m sitting down at the Hot Topics table for my 25th season premiere. It could have been 27, but you remember those two years that I was fired. Check out the new view! pic.twitter.com/1oeS9TQd70
— Joy Behar (@JoyVBehar) September 5, 2023
While Goldberg was absent on The View, the show welcomed back all of its sitting cohosts — Goldberg, Behar, Sunny Hostin, Sara Haines, Ana Navarro, and Alyssa Farah Griffin — for a new season, and they all chatted while seated at a new wooden Hot Topics table that sat on a slightly refreshed set.
The View airs weekdays at 11 a.m. ET/PT on ABC.
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