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Barbara Walters set for heart surgery

Barbara Walters arrives in the press room with her Emmy for Lifetime Achievement Award at the News and Documentary Emmy Awards at Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York on September 21, 2009. UPI/Laura Cavanaugh
Barbara Walters arrives in the press room with her Emmy for Lifetime Achievement Award at the News and Documentary Emmy Awards at Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York on September 21, 2009. UPI/Laura Cavanaugh | License Photo

NEW YORK, May 10 (UPI) -- Barbara Walters announced on Monday's edition of "The View" in New York she plans to undergo heart surgery later this week.

"You know how healthy I have been -- never missed a day's work. Later this week, I am going to have surgery to replace one faulty heart valve," Walters, 80, said on the daytime chat show.

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"Lots of people have done this. I have known of this condition for a while now and my doctors and I have decided that this is the best time to do the surgery. Since the summer is coming up, I can take a nice vacation," the veteran broadcaster added. "Earlier this morning, I told my wonderful pals here, as I am now telling you, and it will be a surprise to many friends. But I thought it best not to talk about it too far in advance. I love you all."

Walters is a producer and co-host of "The View." The other co-hosts on the show are Whoopi Goldberg, Sherri Shepherd, Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Joy Behar.

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