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Barbara Walters: I'm Coming Back To The View Next Monday

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Feb. 26 2013, Published 3:07 p.m. ET

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Barbara Walters says she's coming back to The View next Monday, after being sidelined since January 22 following a bout with chicken pox, as well as a concussion.

Whoopi Goldberg kicked off Tuesday's edition of the popular ABC chat show by introducing the 83-year-old media legend, who was on the phone.

"Hello, my darlings," Walters said. "I'm so glad to be talking to you ... I really miss you.

"Like it or not, I'm coming back on the show again … no more chicken pox … I haven't been contagious for a while, but they wanted me to have rest, and I've had enough rest, and I'm ready to come back."

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Walters kicked off the year in near-calamitous fashion, first suffering from a concussion when she fell at an inauguration party at the home of the British ambassador in Washington, D.C.; she was subsequently diagnosed with chicken pox, which is rare in adults, to the tune of one out of 10,000 people annually in the states.

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