As many fans of “The View” have noticed, co-host Whoopi Goldberg has been missing from her usual seat at the table for the last month.
However, on Friday, Goldberg’s familiar face appeared on people’s television screens for the first time in weeks during the show.
In a pre-recorded video, the actress explained why she has been gone from the show for so long.
“Hey, yes, it’s me. 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. So here’s what happened.
I had pneumonia and I was septic. Pneumonia in both longs, which meant there was fluid, there was all kinds of stuff going on. And yes, I came very, very close to leaving the Earth. Good news, I didn’t.”
Goldberg, who seemed in good spirits despite her health scare, continued by thanking her fans for all of their “good wishes” and “all of the wonderful things that people have been saying”:
“Even the people who are not huge fans of mine, have actually said nice things about me,” Goldberg joked. “We all know that’s going to change when I get back, but for right now, it’s brilliant. Thank you for everything.”
The 63-year-old concluded:
“And ladies I cannot wait to see Y’all. This has been interesting and I’ll tell you about it when we are all at the table.”
Goldberg then blew the world a kiss before saying, “See you soon.”
The rest of the ladies at the table went on to converse about what they miss most about Goldberg not being at the table with them.
According to the Mayo Clinic, pneumonia is an “infection that inflames the air sacs in one or both lungs, which then may fill with fluid or pus, causing a cough with phlegm or pus, fever, chills, and difficulty breathing.”
As the Mayo Clinic reports, pneumonia can also cause sepsis, which is a “potentially life-threatening condition caused by the body’s response to an infection.”
You can watch Goldberg’s full statement below:
After the video was posted to YouTube, others also left encouraging messages to Goldberg as she continues to get well.
One commenter wrote:
Im relieved! Looking forward to see you back at the table, Whoopi!!
While another said, “Whoopi you are a blessing to the world!!! Take your time and get well as soon as it is best for you. We can wait as long as you return Healthy!!!”