Barbara Walters To Undergo Heart Surgery
Posted on Mon May 10, 2010 01:24 PM PDT

walters200.jpgMANHATTAN, New York (X17online) - Barbara Walters will be taking some time off from The View to undergo heart valve replacement surgery.

Walters says although the surgery is not urgent, she has decided to have it done this week due to scheduling issues.

David Westin, President of ABC News, released the following statement:

    “Barbara has just announced on The View that she will be having a heart valve replaced later this week and will be out for a period of recuperation. This is something she’s known she would have to have done for some time. She was originally planning to do it later in the summer, but various scheduling issues came together, and this week made the most sense. It [the surgery] is not urgent; she is feeling great. But she’s decided it’s best to get it out of the way."

No word on who will be filling in for Walters on The View while she's recovering from the surgery.