Whoopi Goldberg Reveals She Came 'Very Close to Leaving the Earth' (VIDEO)

Zoe Jewell
ABC

Whoopi Goldberg is opening up about battling a life-threatening illness in a video message that aired on The View on Friday, March 8.

Goldberg has been missing from the show since early February and fans were told she was recovering from pneumonia.

Joy Behar Looks Back at 20 Years on 'The View' Ahead of Her Special Episode

Joy Behar Looks Back at 20 Years on 'The View' Ahead of Her Special Episode

Thursday's Joy-centric episode will include appearances by Gloria Steinem, Meredith Vieira, an outspoken conservative, and more!

"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 OK, I'm not dead,” she said in the video.

“So here's what happened. I had pneumonia and I was septic. Pneumonia in both lungs, 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."

The 63-year-old thanked all her fans for sending her love and support during this difficult period.

"Thank you for all of your good wishes, all of the wonderful things that people have been saying, even people who are not like huge fans of mine have actually said nice things about,” she shared.

All 17 Cast Departures From 'The View,' Ranked by Rancor

All 17 Cast Departures From 'The View,' Ranked by Rancor

A look at ex-hosts (and soon-to-be-ex-hosts), ranked by how dramatic their exits are or were.

“We all know that's gonna change when I get back, but for right now, it's brilliant.”

She continued, "Thank you for everything, and ladies, I cannot wait to see ya'll. This has been, uh, interesting and I'll tell you about it when we're all at the table."

 

View this post on Instagram

 

A post shared by The View (@theviewabc) on

Many people thought Goldberg was missing from The View in early February because she was preparing to secretly host The Oscars, which aired on Sunday, February 24, but that clearly wasn’t the case.

The View, Weekdays, ABC