Barbara Walters will soon be back on The View.
Walters, who has been recovering from Chicken Pox for the last month, will return to the daytime talk show on March 4. Walters called into the show today to announce her return.
“Hello, my darlings. I’m so glad to be talking to you. … I really miss you. Like it or not, I’m coming back on the show again … No more chicken pox. … I haven’t been contagious for a while, but they wanted me to have rest, and I’ve had enough rest and I’m ready to come back.”
Walters was hospitalized in January with a concussion after she fell at the British Ambassador’s residence during the inaugural weekend. The 83-year-old’s health problems worsened the following week when she was diagnosed with chicken pox.
Chicken Pox may be seen by many as a slightly irritating rash but it can cause severe problems in elderly people.
ABC News’ chief health and medical editor Dr. Richard Besser said:
“However, it needs to be taken seriously since adults are at increased risk of complications, including pneumonia, brain inflammation and bacterial skin infections … If you think you never had chicken pox, regardless of your age, see your doctor to talk about whether you should get vaccinated.”
Here’s a video of Barbara Walters announcing her return to The View.