It turns out that Barbara Walters, who was hospitalized after a fall last week, as previously reported, has chicken pox.
“Not shingles, which comes from the same virus and is something one might more likely expect in a woman who’s 83 years old,” the Los Angeles Times reports. “No, Babs has good old-fashioned chicken pox.”
Whoopi Goldberg talked about it on Monday’s “The View,” saying: "She’d never had it as a child. So now she’s been told to rest, she’s not allowed any visitors and, we’re telling you, Barbara — no scratching."
“Goldberg had previously talked on the show about Walters being in the hospital and running a low-grade fever after the correspondent fell and cut her head at a Jan. 19 inaugural event,” the Times reports. “Turns out the illness had nothing to do with pregnancy (Elisabeth Hasselbeck’s lighthearted notion) or Grey Goose vodka (Joy Behar’s bright idea).”
Behar joked on the show: "Barbara gets younger and younger every year. She’s like Benjamin Button. Now she’s going to a pediatrician at this age."
It was unknown when Walters would return to “The View.” Meanwhile, here’s what her co-hosts were saying about her: