Whoopi Goldberg's mom, Emma, has suffered a severe stroke, forcing Goldberg to quit the West End production of Sister Act.
According to Goldberg’s rep, The View co-host dashed out of London and flew back to America to be with her family during this difficult time.
Goldberg, 54, was set to play Mother Superior in the convent-set musical - which she also co-produced - until the end of the month.
But the family crisis means she will not be returning to the show.
Brad Cafarelli, Goldberg’s publicist, has issued the following statement: The role of 'Mother Superior' will be played by Ms. Goldberg's understudy until Thursday 2 September, when Sally Dexter will assume the role. Ms Goldberg is very sorry not to be able to perform as planned and the thoughts and sincere best wishes of the Producers and the entire Sister Act Company are with her at this difficult time.
The show is scheduled to open on Broadway next year.