'The View': Whoopi Goldberg says she 'came very, very close' to dying amid pneumonia recovery

Whoopi Golberg is still recovering from pneumonia and, in a pre-taped video message that aired on "The View" on Friday, the television personality revealed that she "came very, very close" to dying from the illness.

Goldberg's appearance on the show came amid a weeks-long absence as she recuperates, during which co-host Joy Behar has been updating viewers on Goldberg's condition.

On Friday's episode of the ABC talk show, however, Behar revealed that she was "going to let her give you the update herself."

"Hey, yes it’s me," Goldberg, 63, said when she appeared on-screen. "I am here, I am up moving around. Not as fast as I’d like to be, but I am okay -- I’m not dead."

"So, here's what happened; I had pneumonia and I was septic," she went on. "Pneumonia in both lungs, which means there was fluid and 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 of your good wishes, all of the wonderful things that people have been saying," Goldberg continued. "Even people who are not huge fans of mine have actually said nice things about me. We all know that will change when I get back but, for right now, it's brilliant. And thank you for everything. And, ladies, I cannot wait to see y'all. This has been interesting and I'll tell you about it when I'm at the table."

It's unclear when exactly Goldberg will return to her post, but the promising update is a good sign that it could happen sooner rather than later. The actress has been a co-host on "The View" since 2007.

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NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 04: Whoopi Goldberg and designer Christian Siriano attends the 2018 CFDA Fashion Awards at Brooklyn Museum on June 4, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 04: Fashion designer Christian Siriano and actress Whoopi Goldberg are seen arriving to the 2018 CFDA Fashion Awards at Brooklyn Museum on June 4, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 04: Fashion designer Christian Siriano and actress Whoopi Goldberg are seen arriving to the 2018 CFDA Fashion Awards at Brooklyn Museum on June 4, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 04: Fashion designer Christian Siriano and actress Whoopi Goldberg are seen arriving to the 2018 CFDA Fashion Awards at Brooklyn Museum on June 4, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 04: Whoopi Goldberg and Christian Siriano attend the 2018 CFDA Fashion Awards at Brooklyn Museum on June 4, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 04: Whoopi Goldberg and Christian Siriano attend the 2018 CFDA Fashion Awards at Brooklyn Museum on June 4, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jared Siskin/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 04: Whoopi Goldberg and Christian Siriano attend the 2018 CFDA Fashion Awards at Brooklyn Museum on June 4, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 04: Christian Siriano and Whoopi Goldberg are seen on June 4, 2018 at the 2018 CFDA Fashion Awards in New York City. (Photo by Patricia Schlein/Star Max/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 04: Fashion designer Christian Siriano and actress Whoopi Goldberg are seen arriving to the 2018 CFDA Fashion Awards at Brooklyn Museum on June 4, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 04: Whoopi Goldberg arrives for the 2018 CFDA Fashion Awards at Brooklyn Museum on June 4, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Kim/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 04: Whoopi Goldberg arrives for the 2018 CFDA Fashion Awards at Brooklyn Museum on June 4, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Kim/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 04: Whoopi Goldberg arrives to the 2018 CFDA Fashion Awards at Brooklyn Museum on June 4, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
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