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Crown Jewels 2/6

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Kick rocks, chicken pox. You can take that to the bank.

With that said, the Crown Jewels fit perfectly for the former 20/20 anchor and host of “The View”, Barbara Walters. The 83-year old veteran journalist was released from the hospital last week after falling and cutting her forehead at a pre-inaugural party at the British Ambassador’s residence in Washington on Jan. 19. While running a fever in the hospital, the doctors diagnosed it as chicken pox, a viral infection typically hitting people during childhood.

She appeared in good spirits, but was kept in the hospital for further observation. As a result, she was unable to take part in ABC News’ inauguration coverage as originally planned.

But now, Walters is resting comfortably at home and “getting stronger,” though there was no indication of when she would return to work.

The pox can be much more serious for elderly people because of the possible complications like pneumonia.

Perhaps one funny bit to take away from all this was the “get well soon” greeting from her “View” co-host, Whoopi Goldberg.

“Barbara has the chicken pox. She’d never had it as a child. So now she’s been told to rest, she’s not allowed any visitors. And we’re telling you, Barbara, no scratching,” Goldberg said.

Goldberg added, “We love you. We miss you. We just don’t want to hug you.”

Mrs. Walters obviously hasn’t had the best month by a long scratch. Her recovery and release from the hospital last week shows determination to fight and return to her the line of duty, informing and entertaining the public.

On behalf of all your fans, these crown jewels are a token of our appreciation. Please, for the love of pox, we don’t want them back.

By: Brian Jerry

Senior Writer

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