Television shows have had to shift their dynamics and The View is the latest one to do so. Whoopi Goldberg took the day off to see her doctor over fears of the COVID-19. The show’s moderator had a severe cause of pneumonia last year and it has put her in the high-risk group if she were to get the coronavirus. Upon her return to the daytime talk show, she didn’t come back to the studio in New York City. Instead, the host made an appearance from her home.
“This is what we call responsible social distancing,” Goldberg said in a live feed from her home in New Jersey. “So I went to the doctor yesterday to check myself out just to make sure and he gives me the all-clear to go to work. I’m getting ready to do it and then I start hearing these inconsistent messages from everyone.”
Goldberg said that conflicting messages from the New York governor and the New York City mayor made her doubt what to do next.
“I just felt like if I was going to really try to figure out whether it was OK to come in … until they can get themselves together, the governor and the mayor, I should not go in. That’s why I’m still here. I am healthy. My doctor was very annoyed with me. He’s like, ‘I just gave you the OK, why are you back?’ I said, ‘because I need the OK-OK.’ So he gave me the OK-OK,” she added.
Joy Behar leaves ‘The View’ for now
Last week, Behar made the announcement that she was not going to be co-hosting the show. The comedian followed her daughter’s advice of not going to the NYC studio to do the show for fear of getting the virus.
“I’m in a higher risk group because of my age, but I’m perfectly healthy,” Behar said. “I don’t look my age, but I’m actually up there. The number makes me dizzy.”
In Behar’s absence, former co-host Sara Haines has taken over a chair for the foreseeable future. Joining Sunny Hostin and Meghan McCain has been a rotating group of people like Dan Abrams, Dr. Oz, and Dr. Jen Ashton.
‘The View’ coronavirus scare
Days before, Dr. Ashton had been on the panel updating the ladies about the latest news on the coronavirus outbreak. For this episode, McCain was not on the show and Deborah Roberts filled in the seat.
During the first segment of the show, Roberts mentioned that her son had been shut down. The reason for this was that someone associated with a person who had the coronavirus had been to the school. To make sure the virus wasn’t around the closed the school to have it checked out.
“My son’s school is closed today because someone in the orbit of the school came into contact with somebody who tested positive [for coronavirus],” she said. “Just in an abundance of caution they are cleaning down the school but they said they would reopen again tomorrow.”
Later on, Roberts mentioned she had a cold and the rest of the ladies got a little frightened.
“I have a cold right now and I promise, I think I’m ok,” she assured Sunny Hostin who then asked her, “Are you sure?”
Roberts then asked Dr. Ashton if she should be tested for the coronavirus. The audience is heard laughing as Goldberg stared at them concerned with what Roberts was just telling them. The ladies tried to play it off as something funny, but experts keep recommending people say home if they have a cold.
The View airs weekdays at 11 a.m. ET and 10 a.m. CT/PT.