Barbara Walter's Hospital Stay Extended After She Catches Chicken Pox

US broadcaster has been in hospital since her fall over President Obama's inauguration weekend

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Barbara Walters will be in hospital for awhile longer as it was confirmed today that the veteran broadcaster has the chicken pox.

The US TV star has been hospitalised since taking a fall in Washington DC over President Obama's inauguration weekend over a week ago. Doctors wouldn't release her before now because she was apparently running a temperature, which has now been linked to chicken pox.

Whoopi Goldberg delivered the news today on The View, the daytime talk show 83-year-old Walters founded. The comedienne sent a jokey message to her friend telling her: "No scratching."

Walters has been moved to a New York hospital near her home since her fall in Washington on Janaury 19. The star hit her head at the British ambassador's home in the city, and was hospitalised for observation.

Last week Barbara took the time to reassure fans that she was on the mend. The broadcaster issued a statement that was read out by her co-host Whoopi on The View on January 22, saying: "First and foremost, I want to thank all the people who have called, written and been concerned about me. I am most appreciative."

"I'm running a low grade fever and the doctors are keeping me in the hospital until my temperature is normal. I'm pleased to say that it is going in the right direction and I will be home soon."

Get well sooon Barbara!