The View’s Whoopi Goldberg Reveals She ‘Came Very, Very Close’ to Dying From Pneumonia

The View’s Whoopi Goldberg Reveals She ‘Came Very, Very Close’ to Dying From Pneumonia

If you are a regular viewer of The View, you’ve likely noticed that longtime host Whoopi Goldberg has been off the air for quite a while. Her colleagues have provided regular updates throughout, noting that the Oscar-winning actress was at home battling an illness and would hopefully be back on air in short order.

Well, it appears that Goldberg was far more sick than we were initially led to believe.

In a video message to viewers Friday morning, Goldberg revealed that she’d been battling pneumonia over the past few weeks and was very close to dying at one point.

“I am here, I am up and moving around, not as fast as I’d like to be, but I am okay,” she said. “I’m not dead.”

Noting that she had become septic during her bout with pneumonia, Goldberg explained that both her lungs had filled up with fluid.

“There was all kinds of stuff going on and, yes, I came very, very close to leaving the Earth,” she asserted. “Good news, I didn’t.”

Goldberg ended her video statement by thanking everyone for the well-wishes and telling her co-hosts that she can’t wait to get back to the table and talk all about her battle.

Watch the clip above, via ABC

Justin Baragona

Justin Baragona is the founder/publisher of Contemptor and a contributor to The Daily Beast. He was previously the Cable News Correspondent for Mediaite and prior to starting Contemptor, he worked on the editorial staff of PoliticusUSA. During that time, he had his work quoted by USA Today and BBC News, among others. Justin began his published career as a political writer for 411Mania. He resides in St. Louis, MO with his wife and pets.