Whoopi Goldberg visits 'The View' as she battles pneumonia

Whoopi Goldberg visits 'The View' as she battles pneumonia

Whoopi GoldbergWhoopi GoldbergHuntsman of 'The View' declares Castro campaign dead after Biden moment 'The View' panel slams lawmakers who skipped 9/11 moment of silence: 'Shameful' Ted Cruz praises Whoopi Goldberg 'for speaking out for free speech' MORE, who is recovering from pneumonia, visited the set of "The View" on Thursday, surprising her co-hosts and the audience.

Goldberg, who has been absent since early February, said she isn't fully recovered yet but added that the "only way it’s going to get better is if I begin."

"So this is my beginning. I still have a cough, and that’s the last thing to go apparently. But over the next week and a half I will start to be here more often. I wanted the first foray to be to come see y’all, because I really kind of missed y’all," she said.

Goldberg was met with a standing ovation by the audience and her arrival prompted her co-hosts to greet her with hugs.

Goldberg has said she almost died from her illness.

"The scariest moment was my doctor saying to me, ‘You do realize how close to death you were?’ That was like, 'Uh, no.' I actually hadn’t thought of it," Goldberg also said Thursday, according to ABC News.

Goldberg added that she hopes her situation will serve as a "cautionary tale," ABC reported.

"You must really take care of yourself because there’s little tiny stuff out there that will kill you that you never think of," she said.

Meghan McCain, another co-host of "The View," wrote Thursday on Twitter that Goldberg "is the First Lady" of the show "and the heart of the show."