Barbara Walters has revealed she’s going to undergo major heart surgery, RadarOnline.com has learned. The legendary 80-year-old journalist said on The View Monday she’s “going to have surgery to replace one faulty heart valve.”
Walters’ news came as a surprise to her co-hosts on The View, who learned about the procedure only on Monday. When commended by co-host Joy Behar for keeping the secret well, Walters said she “thought it best not to talk about it too far in advance.”
Walters said she learned about the condition during an echocardiogram, and that she’s strategically timed her procedure, which has a recovery time of up to three months, around the season.
“Since the summer is coming up,” she said, “I can take a nice vacation.”
Walters said she plans to come “roaring back in September.”