Whoopi Goldberg was back in the moderator’s seat on The View today after missing last week’s Season 27 premiere due to her third bout with Covid, and today she received a standing ovation from the studio audience on her return.
Goldberg, sporting what appeared to be a “folding chair” necklace – a symbol of Black resistance after the August 5 riverfront altercation in Montgomery, Alabama – was absent last week although she did send a video message to the show explaining her absence. “In spite of everything you’ve heard,” she said in the video, “I am not at Burning Man, I am not still in Italy, I am not trying to change the outcome of the election, I just have Covid.”
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Last week’s season premiere followed the show’s usual summer hiatus. Goldberg’s return for the 27th season of the ABC daytime talk show nearly coincided with the return of various ABC affiliates to Spectrum following the agreement today reached to end the Disney-Charter stand-off. In New York, the local ABC affiliate returned to Spectrum around noon, with coverage of the city’s annual 9/11 memorial ceremony.
Goldberg previously suffered a bout with Covid at the start of 2022 and then again in November 2022. When she returned last time, she said the second go-round was especially rough. “You can get boosted within an inch of your life and then the next thing you know you got Covid again,” said Goldberg last fall while wearing an “Over It” sweatshirt.
The standing ovation for Goldberg was captured in a GIF posted on X/Twitter by the show. Watch it, and an opening segment on the panel discussing Coco Gauff’s U.S. Open win, below.
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