Barbara Walters Recovering After Fall

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In this Monday, April 23, 2012 photo, veteran ABC newswoman Barbara Walters arrives to the Matrix Awards in New York. Walters has fallen at an inauguration party in Washington and has been hospitalized, according to an ABC News spokesman, Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes)

Barbara Walters is recovering after an inauguration weekend fall, and said she expects to be released from the hospital soon.

"Barbara went to Washington to cover the inauguration. She missed a step and had a fall, which cut her upper temple. The doctors stitched her up and she is doing fine, but they want her to take it easy," Whoopi Goldberg said on "The View" today.

In a statement, Walters, 83, said she wanted to "thank all the people who have called, written and been concerned about me".

"I am running a low grade fever and the doctors are keeping me in the hospital until my temperature is normal. I'm pleased to say that it is going in the right direction and I will be home soon," the veteran ABC News journalist said.

Walters fell Saturday on a stair at the British Ambassador's residence, and out of an abundance of caution, was taken to the hospital to be examined by doctors.

In 1976, Walters joined ABC News as the first woman to co-host the network news.