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Barbara Walters to Undergo Heart Surgery

Barbara Walters announced this morning on The View that she will be undergoing heart surgery later this week. Walters had not told anyone of the upcoming procedure, despite having known for some time that she would need surgery for a faulty valve.

Walters believed that the timing of the heart surgery would be ideal because The View will be on summer hiatus and recovery time is typically between one and three months. Following recovery, Walters says she’ll come "roaring back" to The View.

Barbara Walters also took to Twitter to convey the news, tweeting: "Having surgery this week on one heart valve. Will be just fine send u love."

Barbara Walters is 80.

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