“I’ve been gone for a while.”
Whoopi Goldberg Taking a break from the movie “The View”.
co-host Joy Behar Monday’s episode of the daytime talk show announced that the 66-year-old would be on a hiatus while filming the Amazon Prime series adaptation of “Annancy Boys.”
“If you’re wondering where Whoopi is, the girl has a movie she’s producing and will come back when she’s done with everything she’s doing,” Behar revealed. “So it’s been gone for a while.”
According to Variety, Goldberg was added to the cast of “Anansi Boys” last week and is currently filming in Scotland. The EGOT winner will take on the role of the evil bird woman, known as the dangerous bird god who is looking to take revenge on protagonist Anansi.
The series will be based on the 2005 fantasy novel of the same name by writer Neil Gaiman, and will follow Charlie Nancy, played by Malachi Kirby, who discovers that his late father was Anansi, the deceitful god of stories in West Africa. Charlie later discovers the existence of his long-lost brother, Spider, who informs him of an item that threatens his life.
“I have been a fan of this book for a very long time and when Neil Gaiman told me it was coming to screen, I did everything I could to be a part of it to help educate people about my selfishness and all its magic,” Goldberg told the publication.
Whoopi’s brief departure from the talk show follows her two-week hiatus in February after she appeared to confirm that the Holocaust was not race-related.
Goldberg made this assertion during a discussion of the Pulitzer Prize-winning graphic novel by Art Spiegelmann “Maus”.
“If you’re going to do that, let’s be honest about it, because the Holocaust is not about race,” Goldberg said. When Behar asked her what was going on at the time, Goldberg replied, “It’s about man’s cruelty to man, that’s what it’s about.”
Goldberg did not back down from her position during the show, but the Anti-Defamation League was almost instantaneous in its response and clarification that there was, of course, a significant racist factor to the Holocaust.
The Sister Act actress later issued a statement of apology and accepted her two-week suspension, which the Anti-Defamation League accepted.
In her apology, Goldberg quoted Greenblatt’s tweet, acknowledging “I stand corrected.”
She further clarified in her statement that what she should have said was that the Holocaust was about “man’s cruelty to man.” And It was about race. “The Jewish people have always had my support and they will never give up,” she wrote. “I am sorry for the harm I caused.”