Actress Whoopi Goldberg felt ‘out of her element’ – ‘It got me’

The View talk show host Whoopi Goldberg hit a dead end by making a misguided racial slur shortly after returning from a bout of ill health. Whoopi was discussing the defeat of Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential election on Wednesday, March 15, when she made an offensive remark. The TV presenter and actress referred to “people who still believe that he was somehow deceived.”

It is believed that this word comes from the word “gypsy”. The word is considered derogatory towards Roma due to its negative connotation.

In a video posted to The View’s Twitter account, Goldberg said: “I should have said cheated, but I used a different word and I’m really, really sorry.

“You know, when you reach a certain age, you use words that you know from childhood or remember what you said, and this is what I did today and I should not have done this.”

This February, the award-winning star had to take a break from The View.

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Her co-star, Joy Behar, reported on February 21 that Whoopi was feeling “bad” so she was off the air.

Returning to the ABC daytime show nearly a week later, Whoopi explained her absence.

“It’s nice to be back,” the 67-year-old said at the time. “People will tell you [to] take off the mask.

“Oh, we don’t care anymore,” just know the flu will come. It got me.”

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Although Whoopi has made a full recovery, the flu can be dangerous for people over 65.

People aged 65 and over are strongly advised to get an annual flu shot to minimize the risk of health complications from a viral infection.

One of the most common complications of the flu is a chest infection, which can develop into pneumonia.

“A course of antibiotics usually cures a lung infection or pneumonia, but very rarely it can become life-threatening, especially in frail and elderly people,” warns the National Health Service.

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For those with chronic illnesses, the flu can cause symptoms to worsen.

For example, people with a lung disease such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) may develop more severe COPD symptoms.

People with type 2 diabetes may find that the flu affects their blood sugar levels.

Less commonly, the flu can lead to:

  • Tonsillitis
  • Otitis media
  • Sinusitis
  • Meningitis
  • Encephalitis.

Although Whoopi avoided health complications this time, a previous flu infection led to the development of pneumonia and sepsis.

“I was very, very close to leaving Earth,” Whoopi told The View back in 2019. “The good news is I didn’t.”

Whoopi Goldberg starred in the series Sister Act, which will air on Sunday, March 19 at 17:50 on Channel 4.

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