Whoopi Goldberg is taking a hiatus from The View as she works on a new show called Anansi Boys, her co-host Joy Behar announced on Monday.
Behar, 79, said, ‘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.’
Goldberg, 66, will be filming the series – an adaptation of the 2005 novel by author Neil Gaiman – in Scotland, Variety reported Monday.
The latest: Whoopi Goldberg, 66, is taking a hiatus from The View as she works on a new show called Anansi Boys, her co-host Joy Behar, 79, announced on Monday
‘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, who is set to play the role of Bird Woman, told the publication.
Gaiman, 61, told Variety that he had initially had Goldberg in mind when he wrote the novel: ‘When I first conceived Anansi Boys, decades ago, I imagined Whoopi Goldberg as Bird Woman.’
He continued: ‘I wasn’t able to meet her until 2018, when she interviewed me with some of the Good Omens team at New York Comic Con. At which point she mentioned that she had just finished listening to Sir Lenny Henry’s reading of Anansi Boys, and that it was one of her favorite books.’
Gaiman said that ‘sometimes things feel planned and inevitable,’ and the production was ‘incredibly lucky’ to ink Goldberg, who is ‘going to be scary’ playing Bird Woman, who brings a danger to the universe as the God of Birds.
Goldberg, who is set to play the role of Bird Woman, was snapped last month in NYC
Upon her return to the ABC show February 14, Goldberg said that the show would not avoid discussions about uncomfortable topics
Goldberg said that ‘there is something kind of marvelous about being on a show like this because we are The View and this is what we do’
Anansi Boys, which has been ordered for six episodes, centers around Anansi, the West African trickster god of stories; in the storyline, Charlie Nancy (Malachi Kirby) learns his late dad (Delroy Lindo) was Anansi, and that he has a brother named Spider (Kirby will portray this character as well) who brings a new danger into his world.
Also appearing in the series includes Hakeem Kae-Kazim as Tiger, Emmanuel Ighodaro as Lion, Cecilia Noble as Elephant, Ayanna Witter-Johnson as Snake and Don Gilet as Monkey.
Goldberg’s hiatus from the ABC show comes about two months after she came back from a two-week suspension following remarks she made that the ‘Holocaust isn’t about race’ on the show’s January 31 broadcast during a chat about the novel Maus.
Goldberg took to Twitter to offer her ‘sincerest apologies’ about her remarks on The View
ABC News in February announced the decision to suspend the star for two weeks
Goldberg later took to Twitter to offer her ‘sincerest apologies’ about her statement.
She said, ‘On Today’s show, I said the Holocaust “is not about race, but about man’s inhumanity to man.” I should have said it is about both.
‘As Jonathan Greenblatt from the Anti-Defamation League shared, “The Holocaust was about the Nazi’s systematic annihilation of the Jewish people — who they deemed to be an inferior race.” I stand corrected.’
Goldberg said ‘the Jewish people around the world have always had my support and that will never’ waver, adding that she was ‘sorry for the hurt [she had] caused.’
Upon her return to the ABC show February 14, she said that the show would not avoid discussions about uncomfortable topics.
‘There is something kind of marvelous about being on a show like this because we are The View and this is what we do,’ Goldberg said. ‘Sometimes we don’t do it as elegantly as we could. But it’s five minutes to get in information about topics and that’s what we try to do everyday.’