‘The View’: Whoopi Goldberg Reveals She Almost Died During Her Previous Long Absence

Whoopi Goldberg was absent for a month from The View. She was battling pneumonia during the time, and now she has revealed more about how serious her case was when she was admitted into the hospital.

Whoopi Goldberg was absent from The View for a month because of pneumonia

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The moderator wasn’t on the talk show for quite some time after Feb. 6, which led to a lot of rumors. One of which was that she was gone practicing to host the Oscars, which wasn’t true.

She addressed her absence in a taped message on March 8. In it, she revealed her health battle.

I am up and moving around,” Goldberg announced according to Us Weekly. “Not as fast as I’d like to be, but I am OK. I’m not dead. So here’s what happened: I had pneumonia and I was septic. Pneumonia in both lungs, which mean there was fluid, there was all kinds of stuff going on.”

She continued, “And yes, I came very, very close to leaving the Earth. Good news, I didn’t. Thank you for all of your good wishes. And all of the wonderful things that you have been saying. … And 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. See you soon.”

She returned and said she still had a cough

Goldberg returned after a month and revealed more about her scary health scare. She talked about what it was like being back.

This is my first foray out,” she said during her first live performance, according to People. “I’m not there yet, I know that. The only way I’m going to get better is if I begin. So this is my beginning.”

She revealed that she wasn’t completely recovered. “I still have a cough and that’s the last thing to go, apparently,” said the Oscar winner. “Over the next week and a half I will start to be here more often. But I wanted the first foray out to be to come see y’all because I missed y’all.”

Goldberg’s doctor said she had a 1 in 3 chance of dying

The host had her primary physician, Dr. Jorge Rodriguez and Martin Greenberg, the pulmonologist discuss her condition on the show. Goldberg called Rodriguez and showed terrible signs before getting admitted into the hospital.

“I could barely understand Whoopi, what she was saying,” he said on The View. “Her teeth were chattering. She was gasping for air.” There was also something she said that really worried him. “Then when she said ‘I really I just want to lay down and go to sleep.’ I’m like ‘Oh hell no, you’re not going to sleep.'”

Greenberg claimed Goldberg had a one in three chance of dying when she was first admitted into the hospital, according to Page Six. Her symptoms included a fever, shortness of breath, fast heart rate, and low oxygen levels.

The host gave an update on how she is doing today. “I’m good. I don’t do half of the stuff I was doing in terms of work,” she said. She is back to regularly filming on The View.