The longtime talk show host appeared on “The Wendy Williams Show” Friday and revealed that she’s “probably not” returning to the talk show series ‘The View’ after season 20.
“I know you’ve only signed on, according to what we’ve talked about, for one more year,” Williams pressed to Goldberg’s agreement. “So, in September, when everyone comes back for the new season, you might not be there.”
“No, probably not,” Goldberg star replied.
“I have to do it, baby,” Goldberg commented, “because I have to go and grow. I’ve got stuff to do. I’ve got movies I need to direct, I got books I gotta finish.”
“This was great, and I love doing it, but you know, it’s been a while,” she added.
But Whoopi Goldberg reassured fans that The View would be just fine without her. And she confirmed that she had no plans to leave the show immediately.
“This was great and I love doing it, but it’s been awhile and they’re in their 20th season, they did this without me,” she continued. “I’ve been here for half of it, but not all of it. … I’m not gone yet, so I’m still there now. Don’t worry about it.”
‘The View’ has been running for 20 seasons and has featured hosts such as Barbara Walters, Candace Cameron Bure, Raven Symoné, Joy Behar, Elizabeth Hasselbeck, and Jedidiah Bila.
It initially appeared that Goldberg wouldn’t even return for Season 20 of the talk show. Rumors circled that she was feuding with producers and the other cast members. Additionally she reportedly threatened to quit at least once during contract negotiations. But she did eventually sign a one-year deal this past summer for Season 20.
Whoopi’s departure may not be the only change made to ‘The View’, however. Rumors have been going around for months that producers intend to phase out Paula Faris and Raven-Symone. However, ABC pushes that none of the cast members are being fired.
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