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Barbara Walters is 'fully recovered' after heart op

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image captionWalters will rejoin The View in September

Veteran US TV host Barbara Walters has said she is "fully recovered" just two months after open heart surgery.

Walters made her first TV appearance since she underwent the procedure to replace a faulty valve in May.

In a special broadcast from her New York apartment, she told her fellow panelists on The View she was never in serious discomfort from the surgery.

Walters, 80, said she will take the rest of the summer off before rejoining The View in September.

Walters is one of the best-known personalities on US TV news.

She started out on the Today morning news show in the 60s, and became the first woman to anchor a network evening news programme in 1976.

During her career, she has interviewed Fidel Castro, Margaret Thatcher, Indira Gandhi, Michael Jackson, several US presidents and scores of other world figures.

In 1997 she created the daily round-table talk show The View.

Her current co-hosts are Joy Behar, Whoopi Goldberg, Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Sherri Shepherd.

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