Whoopi Goldberg Tests Positive For COVID-19 As 'The View' Films Remotely, Actress Has 'Very Mild' Symptoms
Whoopi Goldberg has tested positive for COVID-19.
"Why am I here instead of Whoopi?” the comedian, 79, told the audience. “Well, Whoopi, unfortunately, tested positive over the break but she'll be back probably next week. Since she's vaxxed and boosted, her symptoms have been very, very, mild. But we're being super cautious here at The View."
Behar explained that she as well as her fellow panelists Sunny Hostin, Sara Haines and guest host Ana Navarro were all partaking in the show from home due to the surge of positive cases.
"They say there's no place like home for the holidays and that's exactly where we are this year," the Joy Behar: Say Anything! star said. "Happy New Year from all of our living rooms. As you can see we're back in boxes and doing the show remotely — hopefully for just a week, I'm praying that it's just a week but you never know because this Omicron thing is all over the place."
However, that was not the only Coronavirus shocker. Hostin, 53, then revealed that over the break, she and her mother battled the virus as well.
"I FaceTimed with my family for Christmas and New Year's and it was extremely difficult," the attorney explained. "My mom also tested positive for COVID. We're all negative now and thank God Manny and the kids and my dad were negative and remain negative."
"I'm so thankful that I was vaccinated and boosted because I only had cold-like symptoms, but I didn't feel great honestly and it just goes to show you that the vaccine and the boosters do work and it makes sure that you're not hospitalized for something like this and it makes sure that you don't die from something like this," Hostin further clarified.
The legal analyst revealed last year that she lost both her mother-in-law and father-in-law to the virus in December of 2020 — the two dying within three days of each other.
As OK! previously reported, earlier in December Goldberg had been out at the ABC chat show after being in "close contact" with someone who tested positive for COVID-19.