Whoopi Goldberg can be a controversial individual. Not only does she rub people on both sides of the political aisle the wrong way, but she also is not afraid to speak up and to speak the truth as she sees it. But now she is making headlines for another reason entirely – and it has to do with a recent close call that could have taken her life.
Sitting in front of the camera, Whoopi Goldberg, 63, shared a pre-taped video about how she almost died after contracting sepsis after having pneumonia in both longs.
In the video, Goldberg admits that she was “very, very close to leaving the Earth,” because sepsis is a potentially life-threatening condition. Sepsis is when an infection makes it into the bloodstream and starts spreading throughout the body.
Viewers of The View have already known that Goldberg was sick with pneumonia. When she first took a leave of absence about a month ago on February 5, Joy Behar came forward on February 20 to tell viewers that Goldberg was off the show because she had come down with pneumonia. She had first mentioned her co-host was sick the day after Goldberg went missing, but this was the first time she talked about what she was actually going through. Now Goldberg is coming direct to fans to share her recent run-in with sepsis that almost took her life.
On Friday, Behar played a pre-taped video of Goldberg talking about her battle with pneumonia and how it progressed to sepsis.
“I am here, Goldberg, 63, told fans. “I am up and moving around, not as fast as I’d like to be, but I am OK. I’m not dead.”
In the video, Goldberg, who is an Academy Award-winning actress, described how she had contracted pneumonia in both of her lungs and things progressed poorly until she went “septic.”
“And yes,” she said. “I came very, very close to leaving the Earth. Good news: I didn’t.”
Because people have expressed their concern once they knew that Goldberg was fighting against pneumonia, she wanted to thank her fans.
“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.”
Because her critics have shown sympathy since she came down with a life-threatening case of pneumonia, she knew she was getting special treatment. That’s why she added:
“All that is gonna change,” when she comes back to The View, which she intends to do as soon as possible. When she said that, the live studio audience at the set of The View, burst into laughter.
Goldberg ended her pre-taped broadcast with a cliffhanger and a promise. She vowed to talk all about her close call with death along with her co-hosts “when we’re all at the table.”
She concluded with an air kiss and the words, “See you soon.”
Goldberg is among the elite performers who have won an Emmy, a Grammy, and Oscar, and a Tony.
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