A presenter on the chat show The View, Whoopi Goldberg put herself in deep water when making a misguided racial slur, soon after returning from a bout of ill health. Whoopi was discussing Donald Trump’s loss in the 2020 presidential election on Wednesday, March 15, when she made an offensive remark. The TV host and actress referenced “people who still believe that he got, you know, gypped somehow”.
Believed to be derived from “gypsy”, the word is considered derogatory towards Romani people due to its negative connotations.
In a video posted on The View’s Twitter account, Goldberg said: “I should’ve said ‘cheated’, but I used another word, and I’m really, really sorry.
“You know, when you’re a certain age, you use the words that you know from when you were a kid or you remember saying, and that’s what I did today, and I shouldn’t have.”
In February of this year, the award-winning star had to take a break from The View.
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Her co-star, Joy Behar, revealed on February 21 that Whoopi was feeling “under the weather”, which is why she wasn’t on air.
When returning on 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 your mask.
“‘Oh we don’t care any more’, just know, the flu will fly in. It got me.”
While Whoopi made a full recovery, the flu can be dangerous for people over the age of 65.
People aged 65 and older are strongly advised to get their annual flu jab to minimise the risk of health complications from the 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 chest infection or pneumonia, but it can very occasionally become life-threatening, particularly in the frail and elderly,” the NHS warns.
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In those who have long-term health conditions, getting the flu can cause symptoms to worsen.
For example, people who have a lung condition, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), might develop more severe symptoms of COPD.
People who have type 2 diabetes might find that the flu impacts blood sugar levels.
Less commonly, the flu can lead to:
- Otitis media
While Whoopi dodged health complications this time round, a previous flu infection led her to develop pneumonia and sepsis.
“I came very, very close to leaving the Earth,” Whoopi said on The View back in 2019. “Good news: I didn’t.”
Whoopi Goldberg starred in Sister Act, which is showcasing on Sunday, March 19 at 5.50pm on Channel 4.