Annie Barrett
May 10, 2010 AT 04:17 PM EDT

Barbara Walters will have surgery to replace one faulty heart valve, she announced on The View this morning. She’s known of her condition for months, and agreed with her doctors that with the summer coming up and the show’s August hiatus, this was the best time for her to have the surgery. The recovery process can be anywhere from a month to three months, she said, adding “I expect to be calling in from time to time….I love you all, and that’s my hot topic of this morning,” she said.

After the announcement, we can assume Elisabeth made a silent promise (pictured) to refrain from cracking “jokes” about the revealing nature of Babs’ hospital gowns.

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