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ABC newswoman Barbara Walters injured in staircase fall

January 20, 2013|By Scott Collins
  • Barbara Walters fell at an inauguration party in Washington and has been hospitalized for observation.
Barbara Walters fell at an inauguration party in Washington and has been… (Associated Press )

Barbara Walters had a slip Saturday night, but her employer says the 83-year-old newswoman will be OK.

Walters fell on a staircase while visiting the British ambassador's home in Washington for an inauguration party. She cut her forehead during the tumble.

"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," an ABC spokesman wrote in a statement.

"Barbara is alert (and telling everyone what to do), which we all take as a very positive sign," the statement added.

Rumors of impending retirement have surrounded Walters in recent years. She stopped doing her annual Oscar-night celebrity specials in 2010, and reportedly told President Obama in 2011 that she would retire "next year." However, ABC News has batted away the rumors and Walters remains a panelist on the talk show "The View."

It's unclear when Walters will be released from the hospital, and the spokesman said she won't be covering Obama's second inauguration Monday.

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