Whoopi Goldberg uses a walker because she has sciatica.
The 65-year-old star returned to “The View” on Tuesday (06.29.21) after a week’s absence and informed viewers of her health.
At the beginning of the show, she said, “Yeah, it’s me, I’m back.
“I was outside because I was dealing with something called sciatica, which is basically a bulging disc in your back that affects the sciatic nerve that sends pain down your leg.”
The Sister Act actress jokingly compared the situation to a “bad friend who came back to mess with me”.
She added, “So there I was, trying to move my leg – impossible. It was really terrible, but I’m glad to be here. “
Whoopi noticed that she needed a rollator to get around and described the device as her “new best friend”.
She said, “I have a rollator, which kind of freaks me out. I didn’t know I needed it.”
When her co-host Joy Behar – who also suffered from sciatica in the past – told Whoopi that she looked rested, she joked that it was because she was “lying in a hospital room.”
She laughed, “Well what can you do? I’ve turned into that little old black lady. It’s really strange.”
In February 2019, Whoopi also took a break from ‘The View’ for health reasons as she suffered from pneumonia and sepsis.
And two months later, she announced that she almost died in the hospital.
She said, “The doctor said to me, ‘Listen, you are not going anywhere tomorrow and you are not going anywhere next week because you are really sick. You were so close to dying.’
“I thought, ‘Really?’ I’ve never considered pneumonia serious, but in my eyes I wasn’t that sick.
“I hope this is a cautionary story to people. You need to take the time to take care of yourself.”