Whoopi Goldberg has revealed she is quarantining with a mystery man after testing positive for COVID – as she shared an update on her illness with fans after missing the season premiere of her talk show The View.
Whoopi with COVID for the third time
The View host was noticeably absent from the season 27 premiere on Tuesday, with Joy Behar confirming that the 67-year-old had contracted coronavirus for what is believed to be the third time.
Joy, 80, explained to her co-hosts Sara Haines, Sunny Hostin, Ana Navarro, and Alyssa Farah Griffin that the Sister Act star was ‘on the mend’ but might not be back in the studio until this week.
After an outpouring from fans, a masked-up Whoopi posted a video of herself on Instagram and admitted that she had been ‘confined’ to her room while continuing to test positive.
However, while Whoopi seemed less than impressed about being stuck inside – she did let slip that she isn’t going through the quarantine process alone and actually has a male companion with her, although she neglected to reveal his identity.
Sitting at a desk in what appeared to be a bedroom, Whoopi was dressed in a denim shirt and wore her hair down as she addressed her 1.3 million followers – first of all shutting down rumors that she’d been galivanting across the world on a variety of exotic trips.
She said: ‘Hey, in spite of everything you’ve heard… and let me just make sure you all know that it’s actually me,’ before pulling her face mask down and adding: ‘See it’s me!
‘I am not at Burning Man, I am not still in Italy, I am not you know doing stuff, I am not trying to change the outcome of the election. I have COVID. I just have COVID.’
Who is the mystery man staying with Whoopi Goldberg?
Referring to the mystery man staying in her home, Whoopi – who has been married and divorced three times – continued: ‘And the reason I’m wearing a mask is because the person who’s here with me doesn’t have COVID.
‘But he actually has on four masks and four pairs of gloves so he doesn’t get it. But here’s the thing, I’m still testing positive apparently.’
Her mention of a male companion comes weeks after she broke her silence on rumors about her sexuality.
Whoopi went on to admit that she doesn’t know when she’ll be able to return to the daytime talk show, however she expressed her excitement at seeing the ‘new desk’ being used by her co-hosts this season.