WHOOPI Goldberg has made a career announcement that could complicate her fall schedule.
The View host was absent from her talk show on Friday after appearing distracted for the remainder of the new season’s first week, leaving fans furious.
Season 26 of The View premiered Tuesday, with Alyssa Farah Griffin making her debut as new host.
On Friday’s show, it was time for Ana Navarro to do exactly the same – both are now permanently at the table.
But instead of all six cast members together on the hosting panel, it was down to just five due to Whoopi, 66, dropping out.
The presenter has often been absent from Friday shows in the past and that seems to be continuing in the new season too – this is how her latest project was revealed.
Whoopi will be lending her voice to a new fictional podcast.
It’s called Past My Bedtime: An Oral History of the Fastest Failure in Late Night History and it debuts on November 3 — she’s signed up for the ten episodes.
The show is about “a forgotten (and made-up) pop culture footnote,” they described in a press release; the story of “the ill-fated 2003 premiere of the first late-night talk show hosted by a 10-year-old boy.”
Stranger Things’ David Harbor stars as the “obsessive narrator” who tracks down the fictional boy, alongside Zach Galifianakis, Jenny Slate, Nick Kroll, Seth Meyers and Tim Robinson.
So the legend is in good company for the ready-to-air broadcast of Audible and Lorne Michaels’ Broadway video.
Frustratingly, this isn’t the first project Whoopi has taken on, while fans have slammed her for appearing distant as the band’s leader from The View.
SO MANY PROJECTS!
In July, Whoopi shared a trailer for an animated film that also featured her voice.
“Hold on to your lucky pennies. …Happiness is the story about Sam Greenfield: the unhappiest person alive,” she captioned the Instagram promo.
“Happiness will be streaming exclusively on @appletvplus on August 5th,” she concluded – although in the comments, fans weren’t feeling so lucky.
While one supportively wrote, “Haha that looks amazing,” others said they couldn’t even look at the exclusive subscription-service-based offering.
“Too bad I don’t have an Apple TV,” someone wrote.
“Too bad I never get to see it, good luck,” wrote a third at the time.
She is also featured in the ABC 25th Anniversary special of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella.
The show will reunite members of the TV movie’s cast, including Whoopi, according to Entertainment Weekly.
In fact, the star has five acting projects in pre- or post-production — thankfully including the highly anticipated Sister Act 3.
‘ARE WE DONE?’
Just on Thursday, just over halfway through The View, the presenter had the defining moment, attempting to say goodbye and ending the show early.
After giving a small plug for another show, The Con, Whoopi began delivering her usual end-of-show speech to viewers — though there were more than 20 minutes to go.
“Next, I want to say that you were all a great audience. We love that you are watching. We want you all to have a great day. Take a little – no?”
Someone off-camera caught her attention and let her know it wasn’t time yet.
Her co-hosts could then be heard alongside her as they realized how confused Whoopi was and what she had just attempted.
Sunny Hostin pleaded, “We’ve got more show!” and Joy Behar continued, “We’re not done yet!”
The host didn’t seem to care one way or the other if the show was over for the day or possibly more to come, just looked at the camera and said, “Okay, whatever. We’ll be coming back!”
One tweeted, “It’s only 11:38 and Whoopi seriously thought it was noon and ready to wrap up the show.”
Fans have consistently expressed that they want Whoopi – who joined in 1997 – to be replaced with someone else or just focus a bit.
It peaked perhaps in June of the final season in the Bahamas, when the show celebrated its 25th anniversary and filmed four episodes for a week-long shows there.
The Sun went exclusively to the lavish Rosewood Resort where she and her co-hosts were staying.
In a six-bedroom oceanfront villa, clients pay about $14,358 per night.
The three-bedroom penthouse suite costs up to $12,358 per night, while a one-bedroom ocean view suite costs about $2,577.
Viewers called on the hosts to take the luxury vacation and “flaunt it on social media” first.
One wrote sarcastically: “How lovely. Those struggling to put food on their table and gas in their car can see a vacation spot first hand on TV.”
Another tweeted: “Great visuals. Living in the Bahamas while the average Joe [and] Jane can’t afford to fill up her car.”
Unfortunately, Whoopi had many on-air errors while there, including forgetting the names of guests and co-hosts.
As she broke things off on Thursday, someone shaded on Twitter, “Vacation brains are real!”
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