Whoopi Goldberg’s fans know she recently had a bout with pneumonia — and now they’re finally getting a health update from the comedian herself.
The veteran co-host of “The View,” who’s been absent from the show for more than a month, checked in via a pretaped video message on Friday to let viewers know her illness got pretty serious, but she’s now on the mend.
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“So here’s what happened: I had pneumonia and I was septic. Pneumonia in both lungs, which meant there was fluid. There was all kinds of stuff going on. And yes, I came very, very close to leaving the Earth. Good news, I didn’t.”
The “Sister Act” star went on to thank fans for their support.
“Thank you for all of your good wishes, all of the wonderful things that people have been saying. Even people who are not huge fans of mine have actually said nice things about me,” she said, joking, “We all know that’s going to change when I get back.”
She also told her co-panelists — Joy Behar, Sunny Hostin, Meghan McCain and Abby Huntsman — she looked forward to seeing them again.
“This has been, uh, interesting and I’ll tell you about it when we’re all at the table,” she said. “See you soon.”
Goldberg last appeared on the show on Feb. 5.
On Feb. 20, Behar let viewers know that the EGOT winner was recovering from pneumonia.
“I saw her last night and she’s very funny still, and we had big laughs,” Behar shared. “She’s getting there, she’s on the mend.”
During the same episode, Behar debunked rumors that Goldberg, a four-time Oscar host, was secretly planning to emcee the 91st annual Academy Awards on Feb. 24.
“She’s not really even well enough to host this show right now, much less the Oscars,” Behar said.
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Recently, Whoopi Goldberg has been out of The View and out of view in general. This prompted some conspiracy theories on social media such as:
Whoopi Goldberg’s absence from The View (she’s sick, they say) since the day after they announced her as an Oscar presenter+the fact that she’s the only previous Oscar host listed as a presenter+she openly said on The View in January that she’d be up for hosting=???
— Peter Knegt (@peterknegt) February 20, 2019
Conspiracy theories on social media? Imagine that. It turns out that this hosting speculation was a host of bleep. Goldberg was indeed sick, in fact very sick, according to her recent remote appearance on the The View:
Yes, the 63-year-old said that she had “pneumonia in both lungs, which meant there was fluid and there was all kinds of stuff going on.” Oh, and the “I came very, very close to leaving the earth” was not good, because she wasn’t talking about boarding the next Space X rocket.
Pneumonia occurs when your lungs get infected with bacteria, viruses, or some other type of microorganism and subsequently become inflamed and filled with fluid. This can make it difficult for your lungs to do their job: provide oxygen to your blood and remove carbon dioxide from your blood. According to the American Thoracic Society, pneumonia is the most common reason why adults in the U.S. have to be admitted to hospital besides giving birth with about a million admissions occurring each year. Pneumonia claims the lives of around 50,000 adults annually. While the advent of antibiotics helped significantly improve survival for those with pneumonia, things have not really gotten that much better over the past several decades. In fact the American Thoracic Society says, “We are not yet winning the battle against pneumonia.” That’s a grim reality.
In fact, pneumonia causes about half of all episodes of sepsis and septic shock. Sepsis is bad news. It occurs when your immune system is trying to fight an infection but things go haywire. The chemical reactions in your body proceed down the wrong pathways and begin doing serious damage to your body and multiple organs, pushing them to the point of failure. Your blood pressure may drop to dangerous levels, you may have even more difficulty breathing, your kidneys may stop excreting urine, you may become disoriented, and your liver can fail.
Organ failure is not like failing calculus or a Lion King audition. Such organ failure can quickly lead to death. As the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) indicates, each year, over a million Americans suffer severe sepsis with 15% to 30% of them not surviving. There’s a heavy toll for even those who survive. Trying to stave off multi-organ failure is costly as “the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality lists sepsis as the most expensive condition treated in U.S. hospitals, costing nearly $24 billion in 2013,” per NIGMS. Oh, and the number of sepsis cases each year has been rising over time. Part of the reason has been the emergence of new antibiotic-resistant bacteria and the lack of new antibiotics to combat them. There is a real need for more awareness about and more options to prevent and treat sepsis. That’s why the Sepsis Alliance (which is allied against sepsis and not for it) has emerged.
While battling pneumonia and sepsis, Goldberg probably wasn’t thinking about hosting the Oscars. In fact, in December she had already recommended on the Jimmy Kimmel Show that actor Ken Jeong instead be selected as the host, which would make him the first Asian American ever to host a show that historically has lacked Asian Americans in general:
So, you can say that the Oscar conspiracy theorists got a host of things wrong. You can also say, Whoopi, it’s good that Goldberg survived what must have been a harrowing battle with pneumonia and sepsis.
Whoopi Goldberg made an appearance on The View Friday via video to share a health update. Goldberg has been absent from the ABC News daytime program for the past several weeks as she recovers from pneumonia.
The View co-host Joy Behar, who has been giving regular updates on Goldberg while she has been out, intro’ed the clip. You can watch it above.
“It’s me! I am here, Goldberg told viewers on the video. “I am up and moving around — not as fast as I’d like to be, but I’m OK. I’m not dead,” the 63-year-old began. “Here’s what happened: I had pneumonia, and I was septic. pneumonia in both lungs, which meant there was fluid, there was all kinds of stuff going on. And, yes, I came very, very close to leaving the earth. Good news: I didn’t. Thank you for all your good wishes, all of the wonderful things people have been saying. Even people who aren’t huge fans of mine have actually said nice things about me. We all know that’s going to change when I get back, but for right now, it’s brilliant. Ladies, I cannot wait to see y’all. This has been interesting, and I’ll tell you about it when we’re all at the table.”
Behar late last month quickly shut down rumors that her co-host was absent from the show because she was hosting the Oscars this year. (Obviously not true).
“Whoopi is still out. Whoopi’s still out. She’s not feeling well, and there are all these conspiracy theories on the internet that she’s not really sick, she’s secretly preparing to host the Oscars. That’s going around,” Behar joked. “Let me just set the record straight right now, OK?”
“She’s actual recovering from pneumonia. That’s what she had. It’s a serious thing,” Behar explained. “I saw her last night and she’s very funny still and we had big laughs. She’s getting there. She’s on the mend. So we miss you, Whoopi.”
- Back in March, The View star Whoopi Goldberg was absent from the show for more than a month due to double pneumonia and sepsis.
- On a recent episode of The View in May, Whoopi’s doctor revealed that she had a 1 in 3 chance of dying from the illness.
- Whoopi also gave an important health update about how she’s doing now.
Update, May 21, 2019:
On Monday’s episode of The View, Whoopi Goldberg’s primary physician Dr. Jorge Rodriguez and pulmonologist Martin Greenberg talked about just how severe the actress’s battle with double pneumonia and sepsis was back in February. As View fans know, Whoopi was not on the show for over a month due to her illness.
Martin explained that when Whoopi first came into the hospital with shortness of breath, a rapid heart rate, low oxygen levels, and a high fever, she had a 1 in 3 chance of dying.
Thankfully, Whoopi recovered after having her lungs drained twice and was discharged from the hospital. All in all, the experience has taught the Sister Act star just how important it is to go see the doctor ASAP if you’re not feeling well.
“The crazy thing is people don’t take this seriously. They don’t take pneumonia seriously, and you have to,” Whoopi said, acknowledging that was her problem, too. “I just fight through it, and you can’t do that. It will kill you.”
Today, Whoopi said that while she isn’t doing “half of the stuff” that she used to, she’s feeling much better these days.
Original, March 4, 2019:
The View co-host Whoopi Goldberg has been off the show since February 5 – and now, fans are getting very concerned.
As Joy Behar, who has temporarily taken over for Whoopi as the show’s head moderator, has repeatedly said at the beginning of each episode, Whoopi has been recovering from pneumonia for weeks. After rumors began to spread that Whoopi was purposefully taking a break from the talk show to prepare for hosting the 2019 Oscars, Joy clarified that there was absolutely no truth to these claims.
“She’s actually recovering from pneumonia. That’s what she had. It’s a serious thing,” Joy said on an episode in late February. “She’s not really even well enough to host this show right now, much less the Oscars. I saw her last night and she’s very funny still and we had big laughs. She’s getting there.”
Despite Joy’s comforting words about Whoopi’s condition, fans online are still worried about the longtime View co-host, and are offering up kind words in support.
“Now I’m really worried knowing it went to pneumonia! Please take good care, we are all missing you and your voice of wisdom,”one fan wrote, while someone else said, “Whoopi Goldberg must have something serious going on.” Another tweeted, “I hope that you are ok.. and I am praying for you… I Truly Miss You and the Show is not the same without you.”
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Thankfully, it sounds like Whoopi may not be out for too much longer though. On Saturday, The View shared a photo of Whoopi, saying that the Sister Act star was “on the mend” and that they “look forward to having her back at @TheViewABC table soon!”
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‘I’m getting there’: Whoopi Goldberg opens up about ongoing recovery from pneumonia
Whoopi Goldberg has been open about a nasty battle with pneumonia earlier this year, and though the “View” co-host is back at work, she’s still on the road to recovery.
“It’s going to be a while before I’m back to 100 percent,” she recently told People. “It really took me down, but I’m getting there.”
After being absent from “The View” for several weeks, Goldberg revealed in March that she had been fighting pneumonia, with fluid in both lungs. She said she is feeling better now but limiting her workload.
“I’ve cut down a lot of the stuff that I would normally be doing and I have to rest,” she said. “There’s no getting around it. In the morning I go and do the show, then afterward I have my other work, and by 3 o’clock, I have to sit down. I have to stop. It’s taking a little while, but I’m getting there.”
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Back in March, Goldberg shared a video update with fans, letting them know she was OK and moving around again, but that her illness had been severe and dangerous: “I came very, very close to leaving the Earth. Good news: I didn’t.”
Four months later, the comedian and actress wants others to learn from her experience.
“I never thought of pneumonia as something that serious. In my mind I wasn’t that sick,” she added to People. “I hope that this is a cautionary tale for people. You have to take the time to take care of yourself.”
Goldberg told USA TODAY that prayers and well wishes from fans helped her in the healing process.
“It got me back up on my feet. I’m so grateful for all the attention,” she said. “With pneumonia, you’re supposed to cut out as much stuff as you can. … I’m trying not to overdo everything, but of course that’s hard not to because I like working. It’s been interesting (with) making sure that I go to the doctor when I know I don’t feel good, which is something I didn’t do.”
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Whoopi Goldberg says she almost died from pneumonia
Whoopi Goldberg says she nearly died of pneumonia.
Appearing Friday in a video that aired on ABC’s The View, Goldberg told the audience she had pneumonia in both lungs.
“Hey, yes, it’s me,” she said. “I am here. I am up and moving around — not as fast as I’d like to be, but I am OK. I’m not dead. Here’s what happened.”
Goldberg said: “I came very, very close to leaving the Earth.” She appeared in good condition but said she is still not moving around as fast as she’d like.
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“Good news, I didn’t. Thank you for all of your good wishes, all of the wonderful things that people have been saying. Even people who aren’t huge fans of mine have actually been saying nice things about me,” she said in the video message.
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The 63-year-old The View host thanked the audience for their good wishes and says she can’t wait to return to the show.
“Ladies, I cannot wait to see y’all,” she said to her The View co-hosts. “This has been interesting, and I’ll tell you about it when we’re all at the table. To everybody, see you soon.”
Goldberg has been absent from the talk show, which she co-hosts, since Feb. 6. She did not say when she’ll be back.
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Her illness was first announced on the show on Feb. 20 when viewers began to question her absence.
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“She’s not feeling well,” Joy Behar said at the time. “She’s actually recovering from pneumonia. I saw her last night and she’s very funny still, and we had big laughs. She’s getting there, she’s on the mend.”
On Thursday, The View revealed on Twitter that Goldberg would make an appearance on the show Friday to give an update on her health.
“We’ve been sending our well wishes every day from the Hot Topics table and tomorrow morning, we will hear from @WhoopiGoldberg herself on how she’s doing as she recovers from pneumonia,” the tweet read.
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TOMORROW: We’ve been sending her our well wishes every day from the Hot Topics table and tomorrow morning we will hear from @WhoopiGoldberg herself on how she’s doing as she recovers from pneumonia. pic.twitter.com/JOdDKfiJnZ
— The View (@TheView) March 7, 2019
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Pneumonia was one of the top 10 reported reasons Canadians went to the emergency department (ED) last year, according to a report by the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI).
There were nearly 135,000 pneumonia-related ED visits in Canada in 2017-18, marking a 13 per cent increase from the year before, stated CIHI. More than one in four reported ED visits for pneumonia resulted in the patient being admitted to the hospital for at least one night.
“Pneumonia is a serious illness and continues to be a concern in our emergency departments. As we approach the colder months, this new data is a timely reminder to all Canadians to take action to prevent pneumonia. Practising good hygiene, getting vaccinated and following advice from our public health units are good tips this time of year,” said Greg Webster, CIHI’s director of Acute and Ambulatory Care Information Services.
Abdominal and pelvic pain, throat and chest pain and acute upper respiratory infection were the top three main reasons for visits, together resulting in approximately one million reported ED visits last year.
—With files from the Associated Press, Global News’ Mark Giunta and Steve Guthrie
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Whoopi Goldberg unveiled a whole new look when she arrived on stage in front of the live audience on “The View” Wednesday.
The longtime co-host and EGOT winner surprised viewers and fellow co-hosts alike when she displayed a platinum white head of faux locs. Although silvery hair has become a fad in recent years, Goldberg didn’t change her iconic do to make a fashion statement.
During author Stephen King’s guest appearance on “The View” on Tuesday, Sept. 10, Goldberg announced her role in the new limited series “The Stand” on CBS All Access, which is based on King’s 1978 novel. For her role as 108-year-old Mother Abigail, she underwent a transformation.
After revealing her new look, Goldberg spoke about why she’s excited to be portraying an elderly black woman on the show.
“People need to know that 100 is no longer what you think 100 used to be. When first wrote this book, Mother Abigail was probably this tall, and she looked like Miss Jane Pittman on steroids,” Goldberg said referring to the 1974 film “The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman.”
Goldberg said she believes they made actress Cicely Tyson “so wrinkly” when she played Pittman “because people had no idea what older black women looked like, because no one looked at old black women.”
“Now we look at an older black woman… you’re looking at amazing faces.”
Goldberg’s locs, created by hairstylist Jeffrey Bautista, were originally several inches longer before the show, nearly touching her hips. She said they needed a trim, though.
“I’ve lost weight, and so my face got lost in the hair,” said Goldberg, who had a health scare earlier this year in which she battled pneumonia for months.
In March, Goldberg opened up about her extended absence from “The View” in a videotaped message that played on the show.
“I came very, very close to leaving the Earth,” she said in the message. “Good news: I didn’t.”
She also discussed her health scare with her doctors on “The View” in May, during which they said that she had a one in three chance of dying from the illness.
Although Goldberg will continue to co-host season 23 of “The View,” she said she’s looking forward to returning to acting.
“I’m so proud to be doing this,” she said on Wednesday. “Kudos to ABC who is allowing me to go and do what my first love is.”
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