The 77-year-old comedienne and the sole original cast member of the show is reportedly taking leave at the urging of her daughter to remain home as a safety measure. Joy is not sick with the virus nor has there been a reported case of COVID-19 on the set of the ABC talker among either its cast or crew members.
The news outlet reported that Joy is staying home for preventive measures only. She will reportedly reveal her decision in a personal message to viewers that will air during today’s pre-taped show.
Page Six reported that Joy’s statement will explain her point of view.
“I’m in a higher risk group because of my age, but I’m perfectly healthy. I don’t look my age, but I’m actually up there. The number makes me dizzy.”
The news outlet reported that the veteran host will be out one week, but Joy has not announced when she will return to the series.
Whoopi Goldberg, 64, who battled both pneumonia and sepsis in early 2019, has not announced her own plans, if any, regarding taking a personal leave in the foreseeable future. Whoopi will be joined by fellow panelists Meghan McCain and Sunny Hostin as the show continues to tape without a live studio audience next week.
Meghan McCain shared her sentiments regarding Joy’s decision on Twitter in a post.
The View posted several images to Instagram earlier this week showing the women seated around the infamous Hot Topics table with nary a person in their many audience seats. The only people who were there to witness their discussions were crew and production members for the ABC series.
Joy’s preventive measure comes on the heels of medical experts who have recommended that older Americans take extra precautions as COVID-19 seems to affect them more seriously than other patients.
Fans took to Twitter to reveal their feelings regarding Joy’s important decision to tend to her own personal healthcare needs.
“I really feel sorry for the Coronavirus… is does not have a chance against Joy Behar,” joked one Twitter user of the comedienne’s decision to stay away from the set, located on the upper west side of Manhattan in New York City.
“I love your respect for her Meghan, even though there are differences. Women united!” remarked a second follower on Twitter.
“Exactly this. Don’t know her. Don’t agree with her politics but hope she stays healthy,” remarked a third viewer.