Barbara Walters (LUCAS JACKSON/REUTERS)

“She missed a step and had a fall, which cut her upper temple,” Goldberg said at the beginning of the show.

Walters created the live, much-copied weekday talk show in 1997.

She took the spill three days earlier, while in town to contribute to ABC’s coverage of the Obama inauguration.

Over the weekend, ABC News spokesman Jeffrey Schneider told The Post’s Dana Hedgpeth that Walters “banged her head hard” when she tripped on a step while leaving an inaugural party.

Goldberg read a statement from Walters, 83, who has been hospitalized ever since:

“I’m 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.”

“Barbara — we miss you and lay off the Grey Goose, okay, babe?” “The View” co-host Joy Behar cracked.