Woke chat show The View FINALLY lets studio audience remove their face masks three years after COVID

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The view is finally clear once and for all after the ABC daytime television show gave its audience the go-ahead to remove their face masks as the three year anniversary of the COVID-19 pandemic approaches.

Hosts, Whoopi Goldberg, Sara Haines, Joy Behar, and Sunny Hostin all acknowledged the crowd’s smiling faces during Monday’s episode from the desk with audience members before them no longer wearing masks.

The audience had been required to wear face coverings since the show returned to the studio in 2021 with Friday’s episode being the final day.

‘Look at y’all sitting up here with no masks on,’ exclaimed co-host Whoopi Goldberg as the audience applauded. ‘Wait a minute now. So I’m talking, and in my mind, I’m going, what is different about this audience? And then it hits me. No masks. Because I saw your smile and I saw your teeth. It’s like great. Well, yeah, we’re getting back to where we were.’ 

Hostin also noted it was the ‘first day’ without the mask mandate, while co-host Sara Haines added it was ‘nice to see their faces.’ 

Woke chat show The View FINALLY lets studio audience remove their face masks three years after COVID

The audience mandate for masks on ABC’s The View has finally been lifted with the hosts acknowledging the change on Monday’s show

'Look at y'all sitting up here with no masks on,' exclaimed co-host Whoopi Goldberg as the audience applauded on Monday's show

‘Look at y’all sitting up here with no masks on,’ exclaimed co-host Whoopi Goldberg as the audience applauded on Monday’s show

On Friday's show, the audience still appeared to be wearing their facemasks

On Friday’s show, the audience still appeared to be wearing their facemasks

It’s not clear why The View chose Monday to lift their masking mandate, although this month, the state of emergency in New York, where the show is filmed, finally expires. 

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Also on Monday, New York City Mayor Eric Adams said he wanted to ban face masks in stores completely after criminals appeared to be using the coverings to avoid being identified when they commit crimes. 

Back on The View, actor Brendan Fraser joined the hosts to discuss his movie, The Whale, and also noticed the masking change.

‘It was a film made in the time of COVID. I’m hoping in years to come, if we look back at the movies ever made between 2019 and 2022, there’s kind of a secret ingredient to them all. And I have a theory, I think it was because we cared about one other even more while we were at work. Because by rights, we should have been at home. 

‘We can’t live like that. And it’s nice to see your beautiful faces again. I’ve been sitting in many houses and crowds at least recently, and it’s not lost on me we can get together and do this again,’ Fraser said.

Members of the audience, pictured during Friday's show, were all fully masked

Members of the audience, pictured during Friday’s show, were all fully masked

Audience members to The View had been fully masked since returning to the studio in June 2021

Audience members to The View had been fully masked since returning to the studio in June 2021

Show had required audience members to wear masks since returning to the studio in 2021, but on Monday, the hosts noticed the audience was maskless

Show had required audience members to wear masks since returning to the studio in 2021, but on Monday, the hosts noticed the audience was maskless

Audience members appeared extremely happy now that they are no longer wearing masks

Audience members appeared extremely happy now that they are no longer wearing masks

The View had taken an alarmist approach during the pandemic whether it be on mask-wearing or over-hyping the virus’ seriousness to children. 

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In one instance, the hosts, led by Goldberg defended Broadway performer Patti LuPone in May 2022 after she stopped a performance to yell at an audience member at one of her shows for not wearing a mask.

‘You don’t want to infect the people on stage who are not wearing masks,’ Goldberg said, defending LuPone. ‘Just do it right.’

In 2021, two co-hosts, Hostin and co-host Ana Navarro, were forced to leave the set after testing positive for COVID-19 mid-show, just before an interview with Vice President Kamala Harris. Their results ended up being false positives.

One of the younger hosts, Sara Haines, stated how she would rather see her kid in a mask than on a ‘ventilator,’ while co-host Sunny Hostin also massively overestimated the death toll for children when she suggested last year that ‘1 percent’ of youngsters who got the virus died from it. At the time, the death rate for children aged under 18  was 0.008 percent.

Behar was snapped dining out with her friends without a mask and reportedly left the restaurant without her mask as well

Behar was snapped dining out with her friends without a mask and reportedly left the restaurant without her mask as well

The Post Millennial's editor-in-chief Libby Emmons posted the pics on Twitter on Friday and called out the liberal commentator for her hypocrisy on masks

The Post Millennial’s editor-in-chief Libby Emmons posted the pics on Twitter on Friday and called out the liberal commentator for her hypocrisy on masks

Last month, co-host Joy Behar was hit by another hypocrisy storm after being photographed unmasked inside a New York City restaurant hours after crowing of her plans to wear one indefinitely on national television. 

Behar, 79, declared that she would remain masked up despite constantly changing guidelines. 

‘Personally, I listen to the little voice in my head that doesn’t really follow 100 percent what they tell me because they keep changing it,’ Behar said in February. 

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But her flakiness was exposed by The Post Millennial just hours later, after Behar was snapped chin-wagging with friends in a banquette at a New York restaurant.

And a source even claimed to reporter Libby Emmons that Behar had strutted through the restaurant unmasked when her party left – despite her friends happily covering-up to do so. 

After seeing the photos of Behar unmasked, Emmons said: ‘Joy Behar said she was going to mask in public places ‘indefinitely’ because it’s just not safe. Except for last night out at this restaurant, apparently.’

She added: ‘I hear that she also walked out of the restaurant unmasked, though her companions dutifully donned theirs.’

Behar didn’t break any rules, with New York having recently dropped a strict mandate which required patrons to show proof of vaccination before being allowed to eat inside restaurants, or visit other indoor leisure facilities.

But the comedienne had acted as if she was planning to go above-and-beyond such requirements.

‘So if I go on the subway, if I go in a bus, if I go into the theater …. a crowded place, I would wear a mask, and I might do that indefinitely. Why do I need the flu or a cold even? And so I’m listening to myself right now. I don’t think it’s 100% safe yet,’ she said. 



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