Whoopi Goldberg is revealing that a tough bout of pneumonia and septic shock almost took her out for good.
“The View” co-host appeared on Friday’s show, but filmed from home to give an update on her health condition. It’s her first appearance on the show since February 6.
“Hey, yes, it’s me,” she began. “I am here. I am up and moving around — not as fast as I’d like to be, but I am okay. I’m not dead. Here’s what happened.”
Whoopi told the audience she had pneumonia in both lungs and “came very close to leaving the earth.” Her infection also turned septic, which means it went into her blood stream.
Keeping her optimistic attitude, the star thanked her fans for all of their well wishes. “Thank you for all of your good wishes, all of the wonderful things that people have been saying. Even people who aren’t huge fans of mine have actually been saying nice thing about me.”
Concluding her appearance by focusing her attention on her co-hosts, Whoopi said, “Ladies, I cannot wait to see y’all. This has been interesting and I’ll tell you about it when we’re all at the table. To everybody, see you soon.”
Audience and viewers last saw Whoopi on “The View” in early February, and her absence wasn’t addressed for weeks.
Joy Behar eventually spoke on Whoopi’s absence saying, “She’s actually recovering from pneumonia. I saw her last night and she’s very funny still, and we had big laughs. She’s getting there, she’s on the mend.”