updated 01/28/2013 AT 12:00 PM ET
•originally published 01/28/2013 AT 12:40 PM ET
While much of Hollywood is suffering from the flu, Barbara Walters has come down with the chicken pox.
“You all know that she fell and cut her head 10 days ago, and then was running a temperature, but it turns out it is all the result of a delayed childhood,” her co-host Whoopi Goldberg explained on the air Monday.
“Barbara has the chicken pox. She’d never had it as a child,” she continued. “So now she’s been told to rest, she’s not allowed any visitors, and we’re telling you, Barbara, no scratching.”
In a statement last week, Walters, 83, thanked her fans and “all the people who have called, written and been concerned about me.”