Barbara Walters taped her last episode as co-host of The View, and it was definitely bittersweet. The well known journalist filmed her final appearance on the ABC daytime talk show, which airs today, on Thursday afternoon in Manhattan. Oprah Winfrey and Hillary Clinton are just a few of the famous names who made an appearance on the show to wish Walters farewell.
After more than 50 years in TV news, Walters is officially retiring, leaving her co-hosting gig on The View, but she’ll continue to serve as the show’s executive producer and contribute to ABC News on an as-needed basis. Walters was welcomed to The View stage following thunderous applause, and it was obvious just by the audience’s response the impact that this legendary female has left on the world.
Oprah Winfrey who had been greatly influenced by Walters, said “I want to thank you for being a pioneer, and everything that that word means. It means being the first: the first to knock down the door, to break down the barriers, to pave the road that we all walk on.” (The Hollywood Reporter)
Winfrey then introduced a parade of female anchors, many of whom Winfrey said have been influenced by Walters. These anchors include Katie Couric, Diane Sawyer, Jane Pauley, Joan Lunden,Connie Chung, Elizabeth Vargas, Robin Roberts, Amy Robach, Juju Chang,Savannah Guthrie, Natalie Morales, Tamron Hall, Hoda Kotb, Kathie Lee Gifford, Maria Shriver, Mika Brzezinski, Paula Zahn, Gayle King and Lisa Ling.
As Walters looked at at all the women assembled together on the stage, she said “This is my legacy. These are my legacy.”
Barbara Walter’s iconic farewell show was one full of joy and bittersweet memories. Barbara Walters can be viewed as a positive role model for women of all ages, and she has proven that through hard work and perseverance, that anything is possible. Wishing Mrs. Walters all the best in her future endeavors, and I hope she enjoys her much deserved retirement.
Watch Barbara Walter’s iconic farewell show here. Farewell Show
(Featured Image courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter)