Fellow co-host Joy Behar "set the record straight" about Goldberg's absence from "The View" the only way she knew how.
"Whoopi is on maternity leave. I'm sorry. It was a miracle!" she joked.
"No, but she's actually recovering from pneumonia, that's what she had," Behar said on Wednesday's "The View." "So I don't think she's going to be able to host the Oscars. And I'm sure she's very disappointed. She's not really even well enough to host the show right now, much less the Oscars."
Behar visited Goldberg Tuesday night and assured viewers she's on the mend, and "very funny still."
The rumor stems from a post from Twitter user Peter Knegt, who wrote, "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=???"
Despite the falsehood in Knegt's theory, the idea isn't so far-fetched.
The last year Goldberg hosted the Oscars, she ended up becoming the first black artist to achieve EGOT status, with a Tony for her role in "Thoroughly Modern Millie."
Now, for the first time in 30 years, the Oscars will not have a host. After Kevin Hart stepped down as this year's host, Goldberg threw her name into the hat of potential hosts, saying on "The View" that she would be willing to host for a fifth time.