Barbara Walters 'fully recovered' from heart surgery

Host will rejoin 'The View' in September for its new season

NEW YORK -- Barbara Walters says she is "fully recovered" just two months after open heart surgery.

Walters made her first TV appearance Monday since the procedure in May to replace a faulty valve. She checked in with her fellow panelists on ABC's "The View."

Walters said from her Manhattan apartment that she was never in serious discomfort from the surgery. In the studio, her co-hosts marveled at her robust appearance.

Joy Behar said, "You look fine."

The 80-year-old Walters will take the rest of the summer off. She says she will rejoin her comrades when "The View" begins its new season in September.

"The View" also stars Whoopi Goldberg, Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Sherri Shepherd. It airs weekdays at 11 a.m. Eastern.