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The View co-host Joy Behar is taking a temporary leave of absence from the daytime talk show amid concerns over the coronavirus outbreak in America.

Behar says she walked away from the show to self-quarantine at home because she's in a "higher risk group" of catching the potentially deadly illness.

The coronavirus, dubbed Covid-19, causes mild flu-like symptoms in most healthy adults and severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) or potentially fatal pneumonia in the elderly population over age 60.

Those most at risk are the elderly, people with chronic conditions (such as respiratory or heart problems), smokers and young people who vape.

The 77-year-old announced on Thursday, during a pre-taped episode of the show which airs on Friday, that she made the decision after reading the statistics about how many people in her age group have fallen ill and died from the virus.

"I'm in a higher risk group because of my age, but I'm perfectly healthy," she said. "I don't look my age, but I'm actually up there. The number makes me dizzy."

Joy added that while no staff members on the program have tested positive for coronavirus, her daughter urged her to stay at home to be safe.

Behar will take next week off, and will then make a decision about returning to the show.

Her co-hosts, such as Whoopi Goldberg, Meghan McCain, and Sunny Hostin, will continue hosting the program, without a live audience in a bid to help prevent the spread of Covid-19.

Talk show Diva Wendy Williams, 55, also tapes her talk show without a live audience.

Another star fans have expressed concern for during the pandemic is 98-year-old 'Golden Girls' icon Betty White.

"PLEASE quarantine #BettyWhite. I'll send all my sanitizer if it means keeping our national treasure safe #CoronavirusOutbreak," one fan wrote on Twitter, while another added: "Will someone please wrap #BettyWhite in a sterile bubble till this damn virus passes!!!!"

Following the outpouring of messages from fans, Betty's spokesperson responded in a statement to NBC's Today, which read: "Betty White is fine."

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Democrat Stacey Abrams said on "The View" on Monday that she is ready to run for vice president and she hopes to be president of the United States one day.

When asked if she would run for vice president on a Democratic nominee's ticket, she answered, "of course I would be honored to run for vice president with the nominee."

She added it's a "bit disconcerting" to discuss running for vice president because no one in the Democratic field, not even Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar, has asked her to team up with them.

"It seems really obnoxious for me to say that out loud since no one has asked me," Abrams said.

"The issue is, as a woman of color, especially as a Black woman, this is an unusual position to be in.... It would be doing a disservice to every woman of color, every woman of ambition, every child who wants to think beyond their known space for me to say 'No,' or to pretend, 'Oh no, I don't want it.' Of course I want it, Of course I want to serve America. Of course I want to be a patriot and do this work, and so I say, 'Yes.'"

Abrams lost the 2018 Georgia gubernatorial race to Republican Brian Kemp, and then famously refused to concede the race she lost, questioning the legitimacy of the election results.

She has never held a public office higher than a seat in the Georgia House of Representatives.

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Abby Huntsman (left) announced her departure from The View talk show on Monday, Jan. 13. She said she quit the show to join her father's gubernatorial campaign.

But a source tells Page Six the real reason for her abrupt departure was the simmering tension between Meghan McCain (right) and her fellow co-hosts.

"It's an unhealthy environment - just the way that things are handled during shows and how people deal with each other," said the insider. "It's intense."

The source continued: "Abby made an issue [to executives] about the overall environment. She's felt for a while that things had to change. ABC treated Abby like s--t, but everyone on the show gets treated like --t. She was smart enough to do something about it."

The insider said longtime co-host Whoopi Goldberg has also complained about the negative environment created by McCain on the set.

A second insider said that Huntsman described the environment as "toxic."

According to Page Six, Huntsman joined The View a year ago, around the same time McCain was hired.

But Huntsman made her decision to quit in December after seeing how McCain treated the other co-hosts.

"None of the ladies talk to Meghan now," a source told Page Six. "Abby was the last woman standing. It's bad. Meghan's so rude."

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Meghan McCain opened up after Whoopi Goldberg told her to shut up during Monday's episode of the daytime talk show The View.

The two co-hosts argued briefly about President Trump's impeachment process during Monday's episode when Whoopi, 64, snapped and told Meghan, "Girl, please stop talking. Stop talking right now!"

A stunned Meghan responded, "No problem. I won't talk for the rest of the show."

 

The tense exchange sparked heated debates on Twitter.com, as viewers took sides. Many said Whoopi was out of line to disrespect her co-host who has every right to her opinion.

Meghan took to Twitter.com to defend herself, saying:

"[Democrats] and [Republicans] alike need to confront the ugly truth: both parties are failing to be impartial jurors. I won't be quiet, even if the reality reflects poorly on the entire political establishment. I have a responsibly to speak for the 50% that feels media doesn't represent them."

She continued:

"Pointing out things that are true is part of my job even if it angers people and even if it's politically inconvenient."

She then tweeted a series of polls, noting that 50% of Americans want Trump impeached.

"Pretending half the country doesn't exist won't make them disappear. The culture war is real, and Americans who aren't part of the overwhelmingly anti-conservative media deserve to have their views represented."

On Tuesday morning, Meghan, 35, posted a GIF from the HBO series "Games of Thrones". She captioned the GIF "Good morning - to all the fellow conservative 'girls' who won't be quiet."

Meghan is the daughter of the late Senator John McCain, who was a vocal anti-Trump critic until his death in August 2018 at age 81.

Question: Did Whoopi have the right to silence her co-host?


 

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Whoopi Goldberg snapped at The View's audience members for booing during a guest appearance by Donald Trump, Jr. on Thursday. Don Jr. stopped by The View with his fiancée, former Fox News host Kimberly Guilfoyle.

Goldberg and her co-hosts were uneasy after the mostly pro-Trump crowd began booing during the question and answer session.

According to The Hollywood Reporter journalist, who was invited to sit in the audience, Whoopi yelled, "The booing is fucking us up," during a commercial break.

"It's messing with everyone's mic. You can grimace and all that. All we hear is booing," she added.

THR reported that the front row was stocked with Trump supporters, including a man wearing a Trump hat who asked, "Who killed [Jeffrey] Epstein?" during a commercial break at the end of the show.

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Epstein, a billionaire financier and America's most prolific child molester, died of suicide by hanging in his jail cell earlier this year. He is pictured with President Trump in 1997.

Many believe Epstein was killed to protect high-profile pedophiles.
 

 

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