After more than a month sidelined with chicken pox, Barbara Walters will return to her hit ABC daytime show, “The View,” starting next week.

Ms. Walters made the announcement herself during a phone call to “The View” Tuesday morning from her Manhattan apartment.

“Like it or not, I’m coming back on the show again,” Ms. Walters said. “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.”

Ms. Walters also suffered a concussion after she fell and hit her head while in Washington around the time of the Inauguration. She spent a week with an undiagnosed fever until doctors declared she had contracted chicken pox, an unusual condition for a person Ms. Walters age. She is 83.

The longtime ABC News journalist is an executive producer on “The View.”

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February 26, 2013 at 2:32 pm | Kevin Machado, On Air | No comment