Whoopi Goldberg: ‘I came very, very close to, ah, leaving the Earth’

Whoopi Goldberg: ‘I came very, very close to, ah, leaving the Earth’

Whoopi Goldberg: ‘I came very, very close to, ah, leaving the Earth’

After weeks away from The View, co-host Whoopi Goldberg finally returned today via video message to update viewers on her ongoing battle with pneumonia. "I'm not dead. Here's what happened". "Good news, I didn't", she added.

Goldberg, who has been on a break from the program since February 6, was fighting pneumonia in both her lungs, which led to sepsis, a potentially fatal infection of the bloodstream.

"Yes, I came very close to leaving the earth", she admitted.

"The good news? I didn't. Even people who aren't huge fans of mine have actually been saying nice thing about me".

She added to her co-hosts, "And ladies, I can not wait to see y'all".

Goldberg thanked her well-wishers and spoke directly to her talk show co-hosts: Joy Behar, Sunny Hostin, Meghan McCain and Abby Huntsman. "This has been interesting, and I'll tell you all about it when we're all at the table".

Goldberg then sent an air kiss and signed off with the words, 'see you soon'.

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"She's not feeling well", Behar said during the broadcast. The actress revealed on Friday that her bout with pneumonia was so severe that she almost died.

"We all know that's gonna change when I get back", she joked, as the audience watching the clip laughed.

Behar added that she had recently connected with Goldberg at the time, adding she's "very amusing still" and is "on the mend".

There were almost 135,000 pneumonia-related ED visits in Canada in 2017-18, marking a 13 per cent increase from the year before, stated CIHI.

Pneumonia alone is a serious condition, and paired with sepsis, it can be life-threatening.

Abdominal and pelvic pain, throat and chest pain and acute upper respiratory infection were the top three main reasons for visits, together resulting in approximately one million reported ED visits previous year.

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