May 10th, 2010
11:55 AM ET

Barbara Walters to have heart surgery

Barbara Walters announces she'll have heart surgery.

Talk show host Barbara Walters announced Monday she will undergo surgery this week to replace a faulty heart valve. "I have known of this condition for a while now, and my doctors and I have decided this is the best time to do the surgery," the 80-year-old co-host of ABC's "The View" said at the opening of Monday's program. She predicted she would be gone from the show for one to three months, "and then I can come roaring back."

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  1. Cheryl Royder

    I would just like to express to Ms. Walters that she will be missed on the show. Good luck with your surgery and with the recovery time. You're in my thoughts and Prayers.

    May 10, 2010 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Earthling

    she's 80? No way! I could have sworn she is only 60. Barbara looks good! Go Girl!

    May 10, 2010 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Barbie T

    Best of Luck Barbara

    May 10, 2010 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Lori - Justice for Michael

    Best wishes for a successful surgery and a speedy recovery, Ms. Barbara! You will be missed daily on The View until your return. In the meantime, I will pray for you and your health!

    May 10, 2010 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Yabut

    Don't worry Barbara. My hubby had this done 3 years ago. While you won't be allowed to drive for 3 months (which probably isn't a problem for you anyway), you will find you can likely come back to the show a lot faster than you expect.

    May 10, 2010 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Patsy P.

    Barbara: You will do great. Had the same surgery 14 years ago and feel fantastic. Look at it as a new start on life. God Bless

    May 10, 2010 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Barbara Schneider

    May God bless you Barbara with a speedy recovery. You will be missed on the Veiw. You keep all those crazy women in line.

    May 10, 2010 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Keith Miller

    you'll be in my prayers Ms. Walters.

    May 10, 2010 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Catherine Rezabeck

    You and your family are in the hearts of millions!! Best wishes and thoughts and prayers for a full, speedy recovery!!

    May 10, 2010 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Misty

    Good luck babwa. We're all rooting for ya. U make me proud 🙂

    May 10, 2010 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
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    May 10, 2010 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Diane

    Babara my prayers are with you. May God bless you with a speedy recovery. We will miss seeing you on the View but time flies and you'll be back in no time.

    May 10, 2010 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  13. MsWanda

    Barbara Walters is 80... Omg.. no way, She looks great. I pray she has a speeding recovery.

    May 10, 2010 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Christina Tait

    Barbara good luck with your surgery. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I will missed you on the show. God Bless You. ♥

    May 10, 2010 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Greg

    Miss Walters – I had an aortic valve replacement six years ago. Piece of cake! Thank God we live in the times that we do. Enjoy the rest! God Bless.

    May 10, 2010 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
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