A week after being hospitalized for a fall that slightly injured her head, it was revealed on Monday that Barbara Walters is also suffering from another illness -- chicken pox.
In an announcement on Walters' daytime talk show The View, co-host Whoopi Goldberg gave the latest update on her colleague.
"You all know that she fell and cut her head 10 days ago, and then was running a temperature. But it turns out it is all the result of a delayed childhood. Barbara has the chicken pox," Goldberg said. "She'd never had it as a child. So now she's been told to rest, she's not allowed any visitors."
She then added a special message for the 83-year-old newswoman, "And we're telling you, Barbara -- no
scratching! We love you. We miss you. We just don't want to hug you."
Walters fell January 19 on a stair while visiting the British Ambassador's residence in Washington, D.C. and was initially taken to the hospital to be treated for a cut on her head. She was transferred to a New York hospital late last week and expects to be home soon.