Updated: 04/13/2019 12:20 PM | First Published: 04/13/2019 10:23 AM

Is Barbara Walters losing memory? What is her health condition?

Journalist Barbara Walters in her blonde hair smiling at the camera.

There have been reports that TV icon, Barbara Walters is not in good health condition. The broadcasting legend took retirement in 2014 with great fanfare and has been absent from the public eye for the past few years. 

Suffered Seriously from Dementia

Barbara Walters turning back wearing a long black coat

The 89-year-old may be suffering from advanced dementia that is causing her not to remember her closest friends and prefer isolation. Despite the efforts to isolate Walters, Whoopi Goldberg made a recent visit but excused herself from the room after Walters was furious and couldn’t recognize her.

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Reports have it that Barbara’s eyes were wide open and she was terrified. Failing to recognize Goldberg, she yelled “Who’s she? Get out, Get out! Help me. Get Out.”

The source added,

“She wouldn’t stop. No one could calm her down. Whoopi excused herself from the room. She was heartbroken by what she saw. The family is hoping the sight of familiar faces brings her some comfort in her final stretch. They have not said anything specific about the end, but many of the meetings have been solemn and teary. She’s in a wheelchair at home and spends most of the day looking out of her windows. It’s all very sad.” 

Barbara Walters in the show The View with Barack Obama and others

However, Walters’ reps have denied that her health is diminishing and claimed her to be in good condition. She was a co-host on ‘The View’ and also interviewed a slew of celebrities and authoritative figures on ‘Today Show,’ ‘20/20,’ and ‘ABC Evening News.’

Walters recently donated $15 million to her alma mater, Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, N.Y., however, was unable to attend the ceremony due to health reasons. She has been allegedly refusing visitors for the past several months and is content to spend her days alone at her home that led her family and friends to fear the worst.

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Heart Surgery

Barbara Walters waving her hand

On May 10, 2010, she announced in an episode of The View  that she would be undergoing open heart surgery to replace a faulty aortic valve. She said that though she was symptom-free, she knew for quite a while that she was suffering from aortic valve stenosis.

She also had a lumpectomy after discovering a lump in her breast. She has been a women’s health advocate for years.

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Situation with Jenny McCarthy

Jenny McCarthy hugging Barbara Walters and giving weird expression

Her former co-star, Jenny McCarthy has talked about how Walters treated her badly on multiple occasions and also compared her to Joan Crawford’s character in Mommie Dearest. Ramin Setoodeh’s book, Ladies Who Punch: The Explosive Inside Story of The View, was released on April 2. Setoodeh wrote what McCarthy said about her first day in The View,

“Barbara still had plenty of energy, but she found herself facing a mixture of complicated emotions, from aggravation to fear about being forgotten. Her memory was cloudy, and she’d been known to make odd outbursts in private conversation.”

Barbara Walters standing beside Katy Perry

McCarthy stated that Walter, then 83, was forgetting celebrities. She once didn’t recognize Katy Perry, whom she interviewed a week earlier. McCarthy also claimed that once Walters even asked, “Who is Jenny McCarthy?”

May God Bless You, Barbara!

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