Whoopi Goldberg Says She Was "Very Close" To Dying Due To Pneumonia

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"I am here; I am up and moving around", said Goldberg in the message. I'm not dead. Here's what happened: I had pneumonia, and I was septic.

Whoopi Goldberg has been on sick leave from The View for the past month, and on Friday she revealed that she has been battling pneumonia in both lungs and almost died of sepsis.

She is a best-selling author and now moderates ABC's Emmy Award-winning "The View", for which she has won a Daytime Emmy Award.

"First, I have been starting every show since Whoopi has been out of the show, home sick, telling you that she is getting better, which she is, and will be back soon", her co-host, Joy Behar, told viewers. Even people who are not huge fans of mine, have actually said nice things about me.

After the message played, her cohosts all reiterated how much they all miss her. I saw her last night and she's very amusing still and we had big laughs. Appearing via video on Friday's episode of The View, the television personality assured fans she's on the mend, but revealed just how seriously ill she's been. It starts as an infection (the most common being "community-acquired pneumonia") followed by a "powerful and harmful" response by the body's own immune system, which can damage the liver and kidneys and starve tissues of oxygen-rich blood.

"Ladies, I can not wait to see y'all", the EGOT victor added. I saw her last night and she's very amusing still, and we had big laughs.

"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.

"It's a serious thing", she added. "She's not even well enough to host this show right now, let alone the Oscars".

Goldberg did not give a definitive date for her return. Sign up here for Yahoo Entertainment & Lifestyle's newsletter.

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