Whoopi Goldberg is recovering after a serious case of pneumonia that almost killed the Sister Act star. The star had missed episodes of The View, but on Friday’s show, she sent in a video message to explain her absence.
In the video, Golberg reveals that she had pneumonia in both lungs and was septic. The condition was life-threatening but the Ghost star assures viewers she is on the mend.
Before playing the video, co-host Joy Behar seemed frazzled to talk about Goldberg’s sickness. She said, “First, I have been starting every show since Whoopi has been out of the show, home sick, telling you that she is getting better, which she is, and will be back soon. But today I am going to let her give you the update herself. Take it away, Whoopi!”
Goldberg begins the video, “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.” She continues, “Yes, I came very close to leaving the earth. Good news: I didn’t.”
She also says in the video that she will be returning to The View soon and added, “Ladies, I cannot wait to see y’all.”
Pneumonia, not the Oscars, kept Whoopi out
Last month, rumors circulated that Goldberg’s absence from The View was due to her preparing to host the Oscars after Kevin Hart stepped down amidst controversy. The EGOT-winner hosted the event four times since 1994, but Behar addressed those rumors on the program.
Behar said in late February, “Whoopi’s still out. She’s not feeling well, and there are all these conspiracy theories on the internet that she’s not really sick. She’s secretly preparing to host the Oscars.” Behar then set the record straight, saying, “She’s actual recovering from pneumonia. That’s what she had. It’s a serious thing.”
— The View (@TheView) February 20, 2019
We are happy to see Goldberg is on the mends and wish her a speedy recovery. You can watch the whole video from Goldberg below.