AceShowbiz - Whoopi Goldberg is not happy with Bill Maher's comments on the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic during his "Real Time with Bill Maher" monologue on Friday evening, January 21. Not feeling his monologue, Whoopi went off on the comedian on "The View" in the Sunday episode.
"How dare you be so flippant, man?" Whoopi said. "That's not really funny to people who have lost their kids or people who have lost family members or dear friends to this."
The TV personality and actress continued, "Nobody on the planet really wants to go through this. This is not something we're doing because it's, you know, sexually gratifying."
Suggesting that Bill should just stay away from people if he didn't want to take precautions amid the pandemic, she said, "You don't have to do it, but stay away from everybody, because if you're the one who's not paying attention, and you're coughing and sneezing … then stay out of the public, man."
"Nobody wants this. I don't want it. And I think he's forgetting that people are still at risk who cannot get vaccinated … little kids under the age of five, or people with health conditions," Whoopi, who tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this month, continued.
During his monologue, Bill said, "I don't want to live in your paranoid world anymore, your masked paranoid world. You know, you go out, it's silly now, you know, you mask, you have to have a card, you have to have a booster, they scan your head. Like you're a cashier, and I'm a bunch of bananas." He added, "I'm not bananas. You are," prompting laughter from the audience.
In an interview with Deadline last week, Bill declared that he's "over COVID." He added, "I was never scared of it. I was always scared of the reaction to it."
Some people can't help that they're not in good health," he noted. "We should, of course, protect the vulnerable, but it was mostly a disease of the very old, which every disease is a threat to, and people who have comorbidities, which mostly is due to lifestyle."
"Now, I'm not saying they deserved to die. Don't twist my words, please. I'm just saying that is a lifestyle, you know? So, the fact that America, the medical establishment, never even attempted to get people to live a healthier lifestyle as a response to this pandemic is a giant scandal to me," he further divulged.