Sunday, May 18, 2014
Farewell, Barbara Walters
It was a very emotional week leading up to television legend Barbara Walters' final on-screen appearance (though I'm sure she'll pop up sometime, somewhere ... Dancing With the Stars?), which was on the show she created 17 seasons ago, The View.
The program had some epic moments, particularly when everyone who has ever been a co-host - 10 in all, among them past hosts Meredith Viera, Debbie Matenopolous, Joy Behar, Lisa Ling, Star Jones, Rosie O'Donnell, and Elizabeth Hasselbeck, and current hosts Whoopi Goldberg, Sherri Shepherd, and Jenny McCarthy - came on to share their favorite Barbara memories. Another was when many of the top newswomen and TV personalities today - among them Oprah Winfrey, Diane Sawyer, Jane Pauley, Katie Couric, Connie Chung, Gayle King, and others - came out in tribute to the legacy Barbara is leaving behind ... charting the course for women to have careers in the field.
I will certainly miss her "Most Fascinating People" specials every year, and have missed her Oscar specials since she stopped doing them a couple of years ago. Hard to believe she's walking away from all of it, but she has said she's certain the time is right. Whether she'll go the way of Johnny Carson, who was never seen publicly after his retirement from the Tonight Show, only time will tell.
In any case, Barbara Walters has left an indelible mark that will be honored and a legacy that will be cherished for decades to come.