Rebound! Or not! Just four days before the 2019 Oscars, social media is full of rumors that "The View"'s Whoopi Goldberg has been secretly used to broadcast the broadcast (currently without a host).
Goldberg has been away from "The View" for several weeks because of an alleged battle against pneumonia. But since then, alternative theories have appeared on Twitter, with several users suggesting that Goldberg is actually in Los Angeles prepare for the February 24 ceremony.
An ABC spokesperson, however, told TVLine that the rumor was "absolutely false".
The co-presenter of "The View", Joy Behar, launched Wednesday's show by addressing the "conspiracy theories on the Internet" that Goldberg will host the Oscars. After joking about the fact that Goldberg is indeed "on maternity leave", Behar reiterated that her colleague was recovering from pneumonia and that she "was not even enough good to animate this show, let alone the Oscars ".
Of course, if Goldberg made to present himself as a surprise host of the Oscars, it would not be his first rodeo. An Oscar winner herself for "Ghost" in 1990, Goldberg has already presided over the ceremony four times, the last time in 2002.
The road to this year's Oscars has been tough for the Academy of Arts and Film Science. In addition to the controversy surrounding former host Kevin Hart, the Academy has criticized his plan to give four awards – cinematography, makeup and hairstyling, film editing and short film – during the commercial breaks of the Oscars. (This decision has since been canceled and all awards will be televised.)