May 10, 2010

Barbara Walters taking time off from 'The View' for heart surgery

Posted: 02:58 PM ET


Barbara Walters, the 80-year-old creator of "The View," announced on the show Monday that she'll be taking time off starting "later this week" for surgery to replace a heart valve.

Her co-hosts got the news Monday morning shortly before viewers did. "I thought it best not to talk about it too far in advance," Walters said.

The recovery process is expected to take one to three months. With a break in July and hiatus in August, Walters and her doctor decided that now was a good time to take care of business. Walters said she's known about the problem for "many months." 

"You scared?" asked Whoopi Goldberg.

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Tina Cahill   May 10th, 2010 4:23 pm ET

WOW! Barbara Walters 80 years old? I hope I look that good at 80. She is one strong woman God Bless Her. Laguna Niguel, CA

gerald Jolly   May 10th, 2010 6:35 pm ET

Barbara Walters is one of my favorite T.V. personalities.

I wish her well and a speedy recovery.

Barbara, you will be missed.

mcmargie   May 11th, 2010 1:06 am ET

Oh My Gosh! I just had a flashback of an interview Barbara did with a psychic. Years ago Barbara had a reading on TV and the psychic said that Barbara would have issues within the chest area someday and I believe as they were saying that they were taking their finger and making a circle in the “air” around the chest area. I hope Barbara remembers that and thinks about it and shares her thoughts with the viewing audience. I don't believe Barbara believes in psychics and their abilities. She may have forgot that reading and hopefully she will "jar" her memory. I think that is so weird that I just happened to be watching the show this morning and had that thought pop back into my mind.

Jessie from Auckland, NZ   May 12th, 2010 8:27 am ET

I would like to wish her all the best with her heart surgery and a speedy recovery. Keep strong. God bless you.

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