Barbara Walters Returning To ‘The View’ Monday

By Alex Weprin 

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ABC’s Barbara Walters will return to “The View” on Monday, March 4. Walters called into the daytime program this morning to deliver the news herself.

“Like it or not, I’m coming back on the show again starting next Monday,” Walters said. “No more chicken pox, no more falling down, no more nothing. I’ll be back, and I so look forward to seeing all of you.”

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,” she added.

Walters has been out since late January, when she fell down stairs at the British Ambassador’s residence in Washington DC. During her hospital stay it was discovered that she contracted Chicken Pox, prolonging her visit. She called into the daytime show earlier this month to give an update.

Special guest co-host Brooke Shields took the opportunity to have some fun with Walters.

“The chair is just starting to fit my butt, Barbara, I’m warming it up for you but if it’s a little different when you come and sit in it…,” Shields said.

“Nice to know, I wish I had your butt,” Walters quipped, not missing a beat.