Whoopi Goldberg Tests Positive for Coronavirus

Whoopi Goldberg has tested positive for COVID-19 as the Omicron variant of the virus continues to spread rapidly across the country.

The View co-host Joy Behar revealed the news at the top of Monday’s episode, sharing that Goldberg, 66, has mild symptoms after being vaccinated and receiving the booster shot.

Behar and the rest of the panel, including Sunny Hostin, Sara Haines and guest host Ana Navarro, were filming the talk show remotely from their own homes, a set-up that Behar said she hoped would be only temporary.

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“They say there’s no place like home for the holidays and that’s exactly where we are this year,” she 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.”

Behar, 79, continued, “Why am I here instead of Whoopi? 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.”

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SOURCE: PEOPLE, Ally Mauch