Whoopi Goldberg Returns to ‘The View’ With Health Update Following Positive COVID-19 Test

Whoopi Goldberg is the star moderator on The View. Viewers of the ABC talk show were concerned when it was reported that the EGOT legend had tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19). However, Goldberg made an appearance from her home to give fans an update on her health and how she has progressed.

Whoopi Goldberg hosting 'The View'
Whoopi Goldberg | ABC/Jenny Anderson

How is Whoopi Goldberg doing after testing positive for COVID-19?

It was on Monday, Jan. 3 that The View returned with brand new episodes after a two-week hiatus. The co-hosts were not in the studio and were all hosting the show from their respective homes. Joy Behar announced that Goldberg had tested positive for COVID-19 and was on the mend. The comedian also confirmed that the Sister Act star would appear later on in the week to talk about how she was doing.

On Wednesday, Jan. 5, Goldberg appeared remotely from her home to talk about her experience with the virus on how she found out she had contracted it.

“I left a couple of weeks ago just before the break because somebody I had been around tested positive for coronavirus,” she said. “I’ve been gone a long time, I feel. They have to test us and they sent people to test me. And they tested me and it was like, ‘Oh, no, you’re not coming back. We’re not sending anybody to your house, you have corona.'”

Goldberg said she was shocked she had tested positive because she has been “triple vaxxed” and hadn’t been anywhere or done anything.

“But that’s the thing about the Omicron, you just don’t know where it is,” she added. “That’s the problem with the variant because it gets stronger and does different stuff to you. Unless everybody gets vaccinated, this is what we’re going to be facing for the next little while.”

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Joy Behar worried about Whoopi Goldberg due to pneumonia

Goldberg took a leave last year due to sciatica pain, but Behar recalled that her co-star had a near-death experience due to pneumonia a couple of years ago. Behar expressed that she was extra concerned for Goldberg because of the “life-threatening disease” she had experienced before. However, Goldberg was not worried about her health after contracting COVID-19.

“I just feel like, you can only do what you can do and whatever your body decides it’s going to do is what you have to roll with,” Goldberg said.

Goldberg said that she had no complaints about having to quarantine because she has “a very nice house.”

“My family is here and they’ve been hiding in their rooms as well,” she added. “Doors are closed. I’m not allowed to leave this specific area and every now and then I just want to kick the door open.”

Goldberg continued saying, “It could have been much, much, much, much worse, I’m sure, and it wasn’t. I’m really lucky and I’m really, really glad that everyone is now testing negative. I’m the only one left, who is still positive.”

The show’s moderator said she would spend more days at home until she tests negative but didn’t specify a hard date.

Whoopi Goldberg smiling on the set of 'The View'
Whoopi Goldberg | ABC/Jenny Anderson

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