The 63-year-old TV personality shocked everyone -- including her co-hosts -- when she appeared on Thursday's episode of the morning show after missing more than a month due to pneumonia.
The episode began much the same way they have in recent weeks, with Joy Behar opening the show and wishing Goldberg well before Goldberg entered from behind the women -- Abby Hunstman, Meghan McCain, Sunny Houstin and Ana Navarro -- causing them all to leap out of their seats and offer her excited hugs through happy tears.
"This is my first foray out... I'm not there yet, but the only way it's going to get better is if I begin, so this is my beginning," Goldberg said after the crowd's "Whoopi" chants died down.
"Makeup helps," she quipped of her appearance, before revealing that she still has a cough and plans to return to the show gradually over the next week and a half.
"I wanted the first foray to be to come see y'all because I really kinda missed y'all," she told her fellow hosts.
Goldberg's humor remained firmly in tact, with the comedian revealing that people believed Behar's joke that she was absent due to pregnancy.
"I think some people said to me, 'So, um, how did you get pregnant?' And I couldn't figure out what they were talking about, and then I remembered that [Joy] had said, 'She's on maternity leave,'" Goldberg said.
"It's sad that some people have no sense of humor," Behar responded.
When Behar told her friend that she appeared to have lost weight, Goldberg once again let her humor come though. "I am the only person who can go into the hospital for three weeks and put weight on," she quipped.
The show turned serious when Goldberg began discussing the scary illness in earnest, revealing just how close to death she was.
"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 crazy can't happen. Well it can," she said. "I had double pneumonia and sepsis... and so they had to pump a lot of stuff out of me. This is a cautionary tale for all of us. You must really take care of yourself, because there is little tiny stuff out there that will kill you that you never think of."
Goldberg initially discovered how serious her condition was when she went to the hospital and a worker asked, "What color is that?" in reference to her face.
"I was some weird color and he touched me and put the thing in and said, 'Oh, 102, that's not good,'" she recalled.
Goldberg was initially absent from The View in early February and speculation swirled about why she was not on the show. Some guessed that she was preparing to host the Oscars, while others thought she may be leaving the show, but both theories turned out to be incorrect when it was revealed that Goldberg was suffering from pneumonia.
Joy Behar shared the medical reason for Goldberg's absence late last month, calling her illness "a serious thing," but promised that she was "on the mend."
Last week, Goldberg herself gave a health update via a video message, which was played on the morning show. During the video, she revealed that she "came very, very close to leaving the earth."
"I am here, I am up and moving around, not as fast as I'd like to be, but I am OK," she reassured viewers. "So here is what happened. I had pneumonia, and I was septic. Pneumonia in both lungs which meant 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," she continued. "All of the wonderful things that people have been saying, even people who have not been huge fans of mine have actually said nice things about me. We all know that's gonna change when I get back, but for right now it's brilliant and thank you for everything."
"This has been interesting and I'll tell you about it when we're all at the table," she added. "To everybody, see you soon!"
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