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February 22, 2019

Joy Behar Gives Health Update on Co-Host Whoopi Goldberg after Her Two-Week Absence from 'The View'

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Whoopi Goldberg is on the mend. Joy Behar gave fans the good news on Wednesday during an episode of "The View."

Whoopie Goldberg has been missing from morning show "The View" for two weeks. Fans rampantly speculated multiple scenarios from Goldberg's imminent departure to a possible Oscars hosting gig for the 63-year-old comedian.

However, their speculations were finally put to rest. Joy Behar revealed during an episode of "The View" on Wednesday that  Goldberg was at home suffering from pneumonia and is now beginning to feel better.

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Before revealing the real reason behind Whoopi's absence, Behar made a few jokes. She poked fun at the many theories that are floating around.

"Whoopi is still out. Whoopi's still out. She's not feeling well, and there are all these conspiracy theories on the internet that she's not really sick, she's secretly preparing to host the Oscars. That's going around," Behar said. "Let me just set the record straight right now, OK?"

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She went on to poke fun at another theory. Jokingly suggesting that maybe Goldberg was on maternity leave.

"Whoopi is on maternity leave. I'm sorry. It was a miracle. She hid that so well," Behar quipped.

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She eventually got serious and revealed the real reason behind Goldberg's absence. Behar explained:

"She's actual recovering from pneumonia. That's what she had. It's a serious thing. I don't think she's going to be able to host the Oscars and I'm sure she's very disappointed. She's not really even well enough to host this show right now, much less the Oscars."

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Behar assured fans that Goldberg is getting better. She explain that when she visited Goldberg she was in high spirits.

"I saw her last night and she's very funny still and we had big laughs," Behar revealed. "She's getting there. She's on the mend. So we miss you, Whoopi."

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Goldberg might not be hosting the Oscar but she had a few recommendations for the gig. Goldberg told Stephen Colbert that she was pulling for Ken Jeong. 

“He would be brilliant,” she said. “It would also constitute the first Asian American to host the Oscars. It would be a whole series of firsts. And he also loves film and I think that’s what you need in a host. You need somebody who actually gets why films are great and can tell you the ins and the outs and the silliness of movies.”

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