Barbara Walters has been released from hospital.

The American broadcaster and host of 'The View' was hospitalized earlier this month after falling and cutting her head at a pre-inauguration party for United States President Barack Obama in Washington, D.C. and later contracted chicken pox during her recuperation in hospital, but she has now been cleared to go home.

The 83-year-old TV veteran will continue to recuperate from her bout of chicken pox - which is thought to affect one in 10,000 adults each year and results in sufferers being covered in an itchy rash - at her home in New York City, her employer ABC confirmed.

Her 'View' co-host Whoopi Goldberg announced her ailment on Monday's installment of the daytime talk show, telling viewers: "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. Barbara has the chickenpox. She'd never had it as a child. So now she's been told to rest, she's not allowed any visitors. And we're telling you, Barbara, no scratching!"

Walters, a respected TV journalist, created and hosts 'The View' as well as annual '10 Most Fascinating People' specials which garner millions of viewers.