Here’s Why Whoopi Goldberg Is Off ‘The View’ for ‘A While’

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Whoopi Goldberg is taking a hiatus from The View for “a while” to work on an upcoming project for Amazon Prime Video.

Joy Behar made the announcement on Monday’s episode of the ABC daytime talk show.

“If you’re wondering where Whoopi is, the girl’s got a movie she’s making and she will be back when she finishes whatever she’s doing. So she’s gone for a while,” Behar said.

Although Behar mentioned The Color Purple actress is working on a movie, the project titled Anansi Boys is a television series adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s fantasy novel of the same name, according to USA Today.

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The series is currently filming in Scotland, a tweet posted to the official The View Twitter account said.

“Our EGOT winner is away doing EGOT things! See you soon, @WhoopiGoldberg!” the tweet said along with a photo of Goldberg with text that said, “ICYMI Whoopi is in Scotland filming Neil Gaiman’s Anansi Boys and will be back at the Hot Topics table on May 2.”

A recent press release by Amazon said Goldberg, an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony winner, will play the villain Bird Woman, the God of Birds who seeks revenge on the series’ main character Anansi (played by Delroy Lindo), who wronged her in the past.

“I have been a fan of this book for a very long time and when Neil Gaiman told me it was being brought to the screen, I did everything I could to be part of it to help make people aware of Anansi and all his magic,” Goldberg said in a statement. The novel is inspired by the trickster West African god Anansi.

A premiere for the series will be announced at a later time.