Barbara Walters Hospitalized After Fall

The co-host of "The View", in D.C. to cover the inauguration, fell at the home of the British ambassador.
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In Washington to cover President Barack Obama's inauguration, veteran ABC journalist Barbara Walters lost her footing and fell on a stair Saturday night while at the D.C. home of British ambassador Sir Peter Westmacott.

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Westmacott was hosting a tea and champagne party at his residence when the co-host of The View, 83, fell while leaving and cut her forehead.

“Out of an abundance of caution, she went to the hospital to have her cut tended to, have a full examination and remains there for observation," said Jeffrey Schneider, senior vp of ABC News, in a statement. "Barbara is alert (and telling everyone what to do), which we all take as a very positive sign."

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Walters will not be contributing to ABC's coverage of the inauguration Monday, according to TV Newser, and may be off the air for several days while she recovers.

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