Wal­ters up to scratch

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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

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