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Barbara Walters released from hospital

Published: 5:34PM Thursday January 31, 2013 Source: BANG Showbiz

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Barbara Walters has been released from hospital.

The American broadcaster and host of The View was hospitalised earlier this month after falling and cutting her head at a pre-inauguration party for United States President Barack Obama and later contracted chicken pox during her recuperation in hospital.

She has now been cleared to go home.

The 83-year-old TV veteran will continue to recuperate from her bout of chicken pox - which is thought to affect one in 10,000 adults each year - at her home in New York City, her employer ABC confirmed.

Her View co-host Whoopi Goldberg announced her ailment on the daytime talk show, telling viewers: "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 chickenpox."

Walters, a respected TV journalist, created and hosts The View as well as annual 10 Most Fascinating People specials which garner millions of viewers.