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Barbara Walters hospitalized after slipping on stairs

Barbara WaltersVeteran ABC News journalist Barbara Walters has been hospitalized after falling and cutting her forehead Saturday night.

In Washington, DC, to cover the second-term inauguration of President Barack Obama, the 83-year-old co-host of The View had attended a tea and champagne party at the home of British Ambassador Sir Peter Westmacott and was leaving when she lost her footing on the stairs and sliced her forehead. She was quickly taken to an unidentified medical facility to have her wound treated.

"Out of an abundance of caution, she went to the hospital to have her cut tended to, have a full examination and remains there for observation," explained Jeffrey Schneider, senior vice president of ABC News. "Barbara is alert — and telling everyone what to do — which we all take as a very positive sign."

Although it has been reported that Walters was awake and talking, she will be unable to participate in ABC's coverage of Sunday's inauguration and may miss several days of work. When she was last hospitalized in May of 2010, Walters underwent open heart surgery to replace a faulty valve and returned to work four months later.

We here at TV Rage wish Barbara a speedy recovery.

- Barbara Walters
- The View

Written by: Chrononaut
Jan 20th, 2013, 5:48 pm

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