Walters up to scratch
Walters (pictured) is back. Sidelined for six weeks by chickenpox and a concussion, Walters has returned to The View. The veteran US broadcast journalist got a thunderous welcome from the studio audience and co-panellists Sherri Shepherd, Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Joy Behar, as well as wellwishers Regis Philbin and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. ‘‘After a lot of scratching and rest, I am fine and I am healthy,’’ said Walters, 83. She pointed on her forehead to the visible signs of her ordeal: a single chickenpox bump and a tiny scar from her fall.
Walters was admitted to hospital on January 19 after fainting and hitting her head at a party in Washington. She had chickenpox and a fever at the time but didn’t realise it. The likely cause? Hugging a well-known actor ‘‘who shall be nameless’’ earlier in January, she says. Weekdays, 1pm, Nine, NBN