Whoopi Goldberg Says She 'Came Very Close to Leaving the Earth' in Health Update on 'The View'

Whoopi Goldberg has been absent from The View for the last month as she recovers from pneumonia

Desiree Navarro/WireImage
Photo: Desiree Navarro/WireImage

Whoopi Goldberg is on the mend after a serious bout of pneumonia.

The co-host gave an update on her condition via video message on Friday’s episode of The View.

“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.”

Goldberg, 63, went on to reveal that she had pneumonia in both lungs and was septic.

“Yes, I came very close to leaving the earth,” she admitted. “Good news, I didn’t. 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.”

“Ladies, I cannot wait to see y’all,” she added, addressing her fellow panelists. “This has been interesting and I’ll tell you about it when we’re all at the table. To everybody, see you soon.”

Goldberg has not hosted the show since Feb 6.

The star’s illness was first addressed during the Feb. 20 episode, as fans began to question where Goldberg was.

“She’s not feeling well,” Joy Behar said during the broadcast. “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.”

RELATED VIDEO: Whoopi Goldberg Gets Into a Screaming Match with Fox News’ Judge Jeanine Pirro on The View

Behar, 76, also debunked the rumor that Goldberg — who has hosted the Academy Awards four times throughout her career — was secretly prepping for the awards show, which was then just a few days away.

“There are all these conspiracy theories on the Internet that she’s not really sick and she’s secretly preparing to host the Oscars,” Behar said. “She’s not even well enough to host this show right now, let alone the Oscars.”

The View airs weekdays at 11 a.m. ET on ABC.

Related Articles