Whoopi Goldberg makes surprise visit to The View after severe pneumonia battle

  • Whoopi Goldberg makes surprise visit to The View after severe pneumonia battle

Whoopi Goldberg makes surprise visit to The View after severe pneumonia battle

Behar, along with the rest of her co-hosts, swiveled around in their chairs to see Goldberg entering the side of the stage.

"The scariest moment was hearing my doctor say to me, 'You do realize how close to death you were?'" she went on. "You must really take care of yourself, because there is little tiny stuff out there that will kill you that you never think of". "That was like, uh, no, actually I hadn't thought of it. Prognosis is I'm not supposed to be here but I got permission. Well, it can", she said.

Whoopi Goldberg provided an update about her health via a prerecorded video on "The View's" Friday morning's episode, telling her fans since being diagnosed with pneumonia she 'came very close to leaving the earth'.

Goldberg plans to slowly ease her way back into hosting over the next week-and-a-half, she said.

"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 supposed to be with many people - which caused the studio audience to laugh. "We are shocked", added Joy Behar.

Goldberg stuck around for several minutes to talk about her health and how hard it was to deal with insurance - something she hopes a freshman member of Congress will take up as an issue. "I really kind of missed y'all!"

The EGOT victor, 63, dropped in on Joy Behar, Abby Huntsman, Ana Navarro, Sunny Hostin and Meghan McCain at the top of the show for her first live appearance since a serious bout of pneumonia put her in the hospital for three weeks.

"I think doctors should not be on insurance boards. I know it's a business, and I don't mind them taking a little bit, but I don't remember when they said, 'well, we're just going to keep all this money.' Because people are busting their chops paying this insurance". So Goldberg asked if she could lease it.

As it turned out, Goldberg's doctors had recommended a different machine than her insurer, and her so-called advocate was siding with the latter.

"The insurance people should listen to the doctor... these are things we have the power to take care of", she said. Tell me where you're putting my money. "This has been interesting and I'll tell you about it when we're all at the table. B--h, I could have bought this machine".