Whoopi Goldberg, 'The View's" outspoken moderator was a no-show when 83-year-old Barbara Walters returned after being out six weeks due to her much-heralded fall and surprise case of chicken pox.
And if you believe the National Enquirer (and quite frankly, don't we all?) it's because Whoopi has grown tired of Babs.
“Whoopi was not happy that Barbara got hurt, but she sure was happy that Barbara wasn’t at the studio either,” a show insider told The ENQUIRER. “Whoopi has grown tired of Barbara’s negative critiques and trying to micro-manage every little thing the women say.”
After just about six weeks to the day, Barbara returned to “The View” and was gushed over by co-hosts Joy Behar, Sherri Shepherd and Elisabeth Hasselbeck as well as guests, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Regis Philbin.
But Whoopi was M.I.A.
“Whoopi negotiated extra ‘Barbara’ days off in her contract, so when she gets fed up she can take a break to clear her head – or cool off – before she has to deal with Barbara again,” explained the insider.
And she apparently used one of those days off when Barbara returned to the show on March 4.
“Whoopi was annoyed,” said the source, “because the whole time Barbara was on sick leave she still watched the show and sent in her criticisms.”