Whoopi Goldberg Returns to 'The View' After Pneumonia

Esequiel Farfan
Marcha 15, 2019

Goldberg, who released a video statement last week discussing her near-death medical scare, said the illness was "hard" and "scary" for her and her family, and said she hopes that serves as a cautionary tale for everyone. "And it got me to thinking: 'Why is it that I've been paying insurance for nearly 60 years and it hasn't rolled over, you know what I mean?"

"The only way it's going to get better is if I begin, so this is my beginning..."

Over the next week and a half, she'll start to return to the show on a more regular basis, she said, including Monday. "That to me is a conflict of interest", Goldberg said. "You need to think of it". "This is us", Goldberg said. She said, "I am here, I am up and moving around, not as fast as I'd like to be, but I am okay". This is stuff that, you know, really for everybody, you know, you think you can push through because you got a little cold.

Goldberg became the moderator and co-host on The View in 2007, when she replaced Rosie O'Donnell.

It's great to see that she is doing so much better!

"The scariest moment was hearing my doctor say to me, 'You do realize how close to death you were?'" she said. McCain said. "You can not leave this show". As for now, "my immune system is challenged", she said. "I'm supposed to just like ease back in and I will". She's not supposed to be with many people - which caused the studio audience to laugh.

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"I came very, very close to leaving the earth", Goldberg said on Friday. "We are shocked", added Joy Behar.

Goldberg first found out she had pneumonia when she went to the hospital with a 102-degree fever.

Goldberg also offered up her thoughts on health insurance and how her insurance advocate was arguing with her doctor over what breathing machine would be paid for.

"I wanted the first foray to be to come see y'all because I really kinda missed y'all", she said. And the people who are saying "no" to you in insurance are not doctors. It got me to thinking, why is it that I have been paying insurance for over 60 years and it hasn't rolled over? Even people who are not huge fans of mine have actually been saying nice things bout me.

Goldberg recounted the story of a machine that she needed to use, but her insurance declined.

And Goldberg was happy to be there, if only to clear up some misconceptions about her absence. "Doctors don't belong on insurance boards, because a doctor's job is to do no harm".

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