Whoopi Goldberg returns to 'The View' after near-death illness

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Her fellow co-hosts were stunned by her arrival and Goldberg was greeted with their smiles and embraces while the audience chanted her name. She told her co-hosts, "I really kind of missed y'all".

"I said okay." After several days passed by with no progress, Goldberg said she asked her doctors what was going on. "So this is my beginning", she said.

Whoopi Goldberg makes a surprise visit to the set of ABC's, "The View", on March 14, 2019. "If you do the machine and you do this breathing thing, you won't have to get this operation", she said. "We all know that's going to change when I get back, but for now it's brilliant", she joked. "That's how it was".

"The scariest moment was hearing my doctor say to me, 'You do realize how close to death you were?'" she said. You need to just be upright and not be around a bunch of folks, because my immune system is challenged.

The host said the experience was a "cautionary tale for all of us".

She also revealed that while treating her double lung inflammation, she was diagnosed with sepsis - a frightening condition caused when the body has an extreme, over-active, life-threatening response to an infection.

"You think you can push through because you got a little cold, you say, 'I'm just gonna keep going, keep going.' And you think because you've healed quick before that something insane can't happen. Well it could", she said.

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Goldberg shared a video update from her home on Friday, Feb. 8. after over a month of taking leave from the show.

"Sixty years of insurance money and you're telling me I can't get this machine?" she continued.

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

This is a breaking news story. "And the people who are saying "no" to you are not doctors, they are people looking at algorithms. Even people who aren't huge fans of mine have actually been saying nice things about me". "This has been interesting and I'll tell you about it when we're all at the table".

"Ladies, I can not wait to see y'all", she added, addressing her fellow panelists.

"She's not feeling well", Behar said during the broadcast. "She's not even well enough to host this show right now, let alone the Oscars".

The View airs weekdays at 11 a.m. on ABC.

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