Whoopi Goldberg made a surprise return to The View on Thursday for the first time in over a month.
Goldberg surprised her co-hosts Joy Behar, Abby Huntsman, Ana Navarro, Sunny Hostin and Meghan McCain for her first live appearance since her serious battle with pneumonia.
Earlier this month, Goldberg appeared on the ABC morning show via video message to give an update on her health, but this time she was back in person!
“So this is my first foray out. I’m not there yet. I know that,” she said during the show. “But the only way it’s going to get better is if I begin, so this is my beginning.”
“I still have a cough and that’s the last thing to go, apparently,” she said. “Over the next week and a half I will start to be here more often. But I wanted the first foray out to be to come see y’all because I missed y’all.”
“Some people said to me, ‘So how did you get pregnant?’ and I couldn’t figure out what they were talking about, but then I remember [Joy] had said I had gone on maternity leave,” Goldberg said. “I thought it was so funny.”
Goldberg discovered she had pneumonia when she went to the hospital with a 102-degree fever. “The guy said to me, ‘What color is that?’ talking about my face because I was some weird color,” she said.
“The scariest moment was hearing my doctor say to me, ‘You do realize how close to death you were?’” she said. “He said, ‘you need to be really clear in what this is.’”
“This stuff, really for everybody, you think you can push through because you got a little cold. And you think because you healed quick that something crazy can’t happen? Well it could,” she said.
“This is a cautionary tale for all of us. You must really take care of yourself because there’s little tiny stuff out there that will kill you that you never think of,” Goldberg expressed.
Goldberg’s co-hosts and fans are so glad she is okay and are extremely excited to have her back on The View soon!