"They said, 'well, your insurance has said no to this.' I said, 'well, can I lease it, can I rent it?'" she went on. Goldberg, greeted with screams and hugs from her co-hosts and a standing ovation from the audience, continued, "I'm not there yet, I'm not better...but over the next week and a half I will be here more often". She told her co-hosts, "I really kind of missed y'all".
Behar, along with the rest of her co-hosts, swiveled around in their chairs to see Goldberg entering the side of the stage.
Both conditions put Goldberg close to death, she said - though she kept her sense of humor, joking, "They had to pump a lot of stuff out".
She said she may be back on "The View" next week.
While she's doing better now, she said her illness was very serious. "It was, there's death and here's me". "That's how it was". "That was like, uh, no, actually I hadn't thought of it. Prognosis is I'm not supposed to be here but I got permission". And you think because you healed quick that something insane can't happen? "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".
"You think you can push through because you got a little cold, you say, 'I'm just gonna keep going, keep going.' And you think because you've healed quick before that something insane can't happen. Well it could", she said.
Goldberg shared a video update from her home on Friday, Feb. 8. after over a month of taking leave from the show. "I had double pneumonia and sepsis ..."
"I came very close to leaving the earth", she admitted.
This is a breaking news story. And the people who are saying "no" to you in insurance are not doctors.
"Ladies, I can not wait to see y'all", she added, addressing her fellow panelists. "But you have to stay in the hospital because the machine is only here, but we'll try to get it to your house".
Goldberg said she had been coughing since November, which was the early sign of her illness.
"She's not feeling well", Behar said during the broadcast.
"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.
The actress, who has been a panelist on the ABC talk show since 2007, thanked her fans and critics alike for their support and well wishes.
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