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Whoopi Goldberg on hiatus from 'The View' to film TV series

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Whoopi Goldberg will be absent from "The View" for "a while" as she films the Amazon series "Anansi Boys," according to Joy Behar. File Photo by John Angelillo/UPI | <a href="/News_Photos/lp/9f4d733a5f3fb05bf16ae365269f9feb/" target="_blank">License Photo</a>
Whoopi Goldberg will be absent from "The View" for "a while" as she films the Amazon series "Anansi Boys," according to Joy Behar. File Photo by John Angelillo/UPI | License Photo

April 12 (UPI) -- The View host Whoopi Goldberg is on hiatus from the talk show as she films a new TV series.

Goldberg's co-host Joy Behar said on the show Monday that Goldberg will be absent from The View for "a while" as she films the Amazon Prime Video series Anansi Boys.

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"If you're wondering where Whoopi is, the girl's got a movie she's making and she will be back when she finishes whatever she's doing. So she's gone for a while," Behar said.

CNN conservative political commentator Alyssa Farah Griffin appeared as a guest co-host on Monday's show.

Anansi Boys is based on the Neil Gaiman novel of the same name. Gaiman and Douglas Mackinnon will serve as co-showrunners on the series, with Hanelle M. Culpepper as lead director.

Goldberg will play the villain Bird Woman, a character seeking revenge on Anansi (Delroy Lindo).

"I have been a fan of this book for a very long time and when Neil Gaiman told me it was being brought to the screen, I did everything I could to be part of it to help make people aware of Anansi and all his magic," Goldberg said of her casting in a statement last week.

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Malachi Kirby, Hakeem Kae-Kazim, Emmanuel Ighodaro, Cecilia Noble, Ayanna Witter-Johnson and Don Gilet also star.

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