Oprah Opens Up About Her Recent Health Scare For the First Time


We’re back with my friend
Oprah Winfrey, who– I don’t know how many
people know this– but you were very,
very sick recently? Yes, I was. Very sick. I just got cleared yesterday. Congratulations. Yes. So here it is. I came back and I thought– I came back from overseas,
and I thought I had a cold. But it wasn’t a cold. I ended up in the
emergency room and they said, “You have pneumonia.” And I go home with pneumonia. And Pneumonia is nothing
to play with, ya’ll. It is very serious. And I was on
antibiotics for a week. The antibiotics weren’t working. And then I went back
for another CT scan and they say, “It’s
actually worse. You should see a
lung specialist.” So I go into the
lung specialist. This is a moment. I love the lung specialist. Dr. K, you’re fabulous. But I go in and I can see him. I said, “Look, I’ve
got a little rattling.” He puts a stethoscope here and
I see the “Oh, [BLEEP]”” face. It is like, oh, my… Something’s wrong with you. And I can see it. He didn’t hide it. And I said, “I told you, I sound
like a rattlesnake in there.” He immediately said, “You
must cancel everything.” I’ve never canceled
anything in my life. No, you work when you’re sick. I work with I’m sick. I worked all the
time when I was sick. He goes, “You must
cancel everything. You cannot fly for a month.” And then he had 18
vials of blood drawn. And so I thought, oh,
this must be very serious. Because I saw his face. And I went back in a
week, and I was better. He called me every day to make
sure I was using the inhaler and taking the
right antibiotics. And when I walked
in and I was better, he thanked me three
times for getting better and said, “Can I have a hug? Can I have a hug?” And I could tell
that he was like, “Not on my watch is
this going to happen.” Yeah. Yeah. Well I’m glad you’re better now. Well thank you, neighbor. Yes. Thank you. I’m glad you’re feeling better. I am. All right. But don’t play with it. And get your flu shots and
get your pneumonia shots. It’s nothing to play with. It takes people out. [APPLAUSE] But I’m telling you, it changed
the way I look at wellness. And you’re going on tour– So now I’m going on
tour to talk about it. So tell me what you’re
doing about this tour. No, but I was always
going to be doing that. You know, I had a
bunch of people– One of the things I did
in Hawaii this summer was to have lovely
people from WW– formerly Weight Watchers–
come to my house to celebrate all of
their wonderful victories in weight loss and
turning their life around in terms of being
healthy and strong. And we had such a good time. And everybody said, “Oh, too
bad you can’t invite everybody to your house.” And I went, “No, I can’t
invite everybody to my house. But I can go out and try to see
as many people as possible.” So I’m doing nine cities,
starting in January, on tour– [APPLAUSE] –for wellness,
health, well-being. You go to Ellen’s website,
you can see what city– I’m going to be in
a city near you. That’s fantastic. So you’re just talking
about wellness? Yeah. Well, not just talking
about it, but trying to motivate people to
take care of themselves and to not get sick
with pneumonia, and to really
transform their life. Because it’s called
20/20 Vision– Your Life in Focus. You know,I’ve done
this before, sort of. We called it “The Life You
Want,” several years ago. But I love having immediate
contact with the audience and being able to share
stories and inspire people to be their best selves. Yeah. This is what you said
you miss the most, is having this immediate
contact with the audience. So hi, immediate contact. Yeah. Well, you look fantastic. Thank you. You look great. So I’m sure– For somebody who just
got over pneumonia. Well, for anybody. No matter what,
you look fantastic Hi, I’m Andy. Ellen asked me to remind you
to subscribe to her channel so you can see more
awesome videos. Like videos of me getting scared
or saying embarrassing things like ball peen hammer. And also some videos of
Ellen and other celebrities, if you’re into
that sort of thing. [SCREAMS] Oh, [BLEEP]! God, [BLEEP]!

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