Goldberg, 63, has not been seen on the show since Feb. 6.
“She’s not feeling well,” Behar, 76, said during the broadcast. “She’s actually recovering from pneumonia. I saw her last night and she’s very funny still, and we had big laughs. She’s getting there, she’s on the mend.”
Behar also debunked the rumor that Goldberg was away prepping to host Sunday’s Oscars. Goldberg has hosted the award show four times, and some fans thought she had secretly accepted the honor again this year.
“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 stated. “She’s not even well enough to host this show right now, let alone the Oscars.”
We're setting the record straight: @WhoopiGoldberg is not preparing to host the #Oscars.— The View (@TheView) February 20, 2019
She's on the mend recovering from pneumonia and we look forward to her returning to @TheView soon! ?? https://t.co/f8u2wc159S pic.twitter.com/UmNzDOuemi
The View co-host Meghan McCain joined in on the discussion, adding that the rumor was started by one Twitter user in particular.
“This conspiracy started because @Peterknegt started the conspiracy and said, ‘never started a conspiracy theory before, but turns out being stoned while watching The View is productive,’ ” McCain said on the show.
Whoopi Goldberg's absence from The View (she's sick, they say) since the day after they announced her as an Oscar presenter+the fact that she's the only previous Oscar host listed as a presenter+she openly said on The View in January that she'd be up for hosting=???— Peter Knegt (@peterknegt) February 20, 2019
Never started an actual conspiracy before. Turns out being stoned and watching The View IS PRODUCTIVE. https://t.co/sXS6NBmVJx— Peter Knegt (@peterknegt) February 20, 2019
Goldberg has now been away from the talk show for two weeks, which airs on ABC, the same network that broadcasts the Academy Awards.