“Star Trek: Picard” actor Sir Patrick Stewart himself landed the newest cast member for Season 2: Whoopi Goldberg. During an appearance on “The View” Wednesday, Stewart offered a “formal invitation” for a visibly shocked co-host Goldberg to reprise her role as sage USS Enterprise bartender Guinan, whom she played alongside Stewart’s Starfleet Captain Jean-Luc Picard in the 1987-1994 series “Star Trek: The Next Generation.” Stewart mentioned that “Picard” executive producer Alex Kurtzman “and all of his colleagues.
Of which I am one,” he said wanted to invite Goldberg to appear in the second year of the CBS All Access series. The first 10-episode season premieres Thursday.
The offer elicited extended cheers from the audience and a laugh from Goldberg, who stood up and got a big hug from Stewart, who implored, “Please say yes.”
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She did, and Stewart, 79, raised his hands over his head, clasping them together in victory.x “‘Star Trek’ was one of the great experiences from the beginning to the end,” said Goldberg, 64, who joined “Next Generation” in that show’s second season. “I had the best, best, best time. Best time ever.”
The memory and Stewart’s offer left Goldberg at a near loss for words.
“Well, it was wonderful having you and we cannot wait to have you with us again one more time,” Stewart responded as Goldberg went silent and appeared to be argued up.
“Are you getting emotional, Whoopi Are you getting emotional? Oh my gosh!” said co-host Meghan McCain in reaction to Goldberg’s befuddled state. “Whoopi is never emotional!” continued McCain, who is often the co-host who stirs the emotional pot on the show. “I’m really enjoying Whoopi being the emotional [one]. It’s very rare. It’s normally all of us.”
“Star Trek: Picard,” which was already renewed for a second season before the show even premieres, features several cast members revisiting roles they played in “The Next Generation” and the 1995-2001 series “Star Trek: Voyager,” including Brent Spiner as android Data and Jeri Ryan as ex-Borg Seven of Nine. The show follows Stewart’s now-retired Starfleet admiral as interrupts his quiet life on his French vineyard to boldly go on one more interstellar mission.
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