Whoopi Goldberg brought her co-hosts on “The View” to tears after she made a surprise return to the show on Thursday, days after she revealed in a video that she recently came “very, very close to leaving the Earth” because of a major health scare.
Host Joy Behar was delivering an update on Goldberg’s recovery during a segment of “The View” that aired on Thursday morning when Goldberg walked on set behind Behar.
Goldberg, who received a standing ovation and “Whoopi” chants from the audience, was greeted with hugs from her stunned and teary-eyed co-hosts, who later said they had no prior knowledge of her temporary return.
“So this is my first foray out. I’m not there yet. I know that,” she said during the show. “But the only way it’s going to get better is if I begin, so this is my beginning.”
Later in Thursday’s show, she said she plans to begin gradually appearing on the show in the coming weeks. She told her co-hosts, “I really kind of missed y’all.”