In the age of social media, where every action is magnified and scrutinized, Whoopi Goldberg, the renowned TV star and co-host of "The View," recently found herself at the center of a viral debate. A video of Goldberg wearing a mask alone in her room became the talk of the town, leading to rampant speculation and criticism. However, the seasoned actress has now stepped forward to set the record straight.

The video in question showed Goldberg donning a mask while in the confines of her room, leading many to wonder about the circumstances. Brian Teta, the executive producer for "The View: Behind the Table" podcast, probed Goldberg about her actions during her illness-induced confinement. Responding to Teta's queries, the 67-year-old actress clarified, “No, I was trying to feel better. It wasn’t comfortable. It really was not comfortable.” She further elaborated on the context of the video, emphasizing her recent bout with COVID-19.

Addressing the speculation that she might have had company in her room, which could have warranted the mask, Goldberg was candid. “I don’t know why you think you have the info. You don’t know anything about my house," she remarked. She went on to explain that her assistant, who was particularly cautious about contracting COVID-19, would occasionally enter her room. "You will have noticed he had on two masks and gloves. Because he is very paranoid about getting Covid,” she added. With a touch of her signature humor, she quipped, “Relax, y’all, you don’t know what I’m doing unless I tell you.”

Goldberg also addressed rumors about her personal life, clarifying that she's currently not in a relationship. “It’s no mystery. If I was getting any, you would know because I would tell you ‘I’m getting some.’ Right now. I’m not interested because I just got over Covid and it’s too d--- hot,” she humorously stated.

The actress's recent absence from "The View" was due to her contracting COVID-19 for the second time. Speaking about her experience, the "Sister Act" star expressed her eagerness to return to the show, stating, "I'm really thrilled to see the beautiful new desk, I'm really thrilled to see all the beautiful women; you girls look great. And I can't wait to get back and hang out, but until then it's me and my mask."

In a world where celebrities' actions are constantly under the microscope, Goldberg's candid response serves as a reminder of the challenges they face in maintaining their privacy. As she continues her recovery, fans and well-wishers hope for her swift return to the spotlight, where her presence is undeniably missed.

Whoopi Goldberg's Triumphant Return to 'The View': A Statement Necklace and Reflections on the Montgomery Riverboat Brawl

Whoopi Goldberg, the iconic actress and co-host of "The View," made a memorable return to the daytime talk show after its summer hiatus. Known for her candid takes and unique style, Goldberg didn't disappoint. She addressed one of the most talked-about events of the summer, the Montgomery Riverboat Brawl, and did so while donning a statement-making folding chair necklace.

The necklace, a nod to Reggie Ray, the man captured in the brawl's viral video using a white chair in defense, became an emblematic representation of the incident. Goldberg's choice to wear it was not just a fashion statement but a powerful commentary on the event itself.

Opening the segment, Goldberg stated, “I have to lead this off by saying we do not condone violence on this show.” She then delved into the details of the brawl, recounting how a riverboat captain in Montgomery, Alabama, with 227 passengers onboard, faced difficulties docking due to a pontoon boat obstructing his designated spot. The co-captain, a Black individual, approached the pontoon boat, leading to the now-infamous altercation. Goldberg humorously remarked, “Black people came out of nowhere. We dropped out of the sky. It was crazy.”

The Montgomery Riverboat Brawl video quickly went viral, with the Black community celebrating the outcome and the lessons drawn from it. Goldberg, reflecting on the widespread reaction, said, “The memes were off the hook. I am wearing a folding chair.”

While the hosts of "The View" acknowledged the humorous side of the incident, they also emphasized the potential dangers and the importance of non-violence. Goldberg, an EGOT winner (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony), provided a poignant takeaway, stating, “What we all take away from this is, if we don’t want to be hit, we do not hit other people. When somebody is doing their job, let them do their job.” She further highlighted the gravity of the situation by noting, “We’re making light of this, but the truth of the matter is it didn’t go south because there were no guns. So let’s not do that again.”

Goldberg's return to "The View" was not just about catching up on summer events but also about making powerful statements, both through her words and her wardrobe. As fans and viewers continue to discuss her folding chair necklace, it serves as a reminder of the influence and reach of pop culture in shaping societal narratives. As the new season of "The View" unfolds, audiences can expect more insightful commentary and iconic moments from Goldberg and her co-hosts.