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by Jamie Lee Curtis Granderson at . Comments

All 11 former and current 'The View' co-hosts stopped by the set to film a special farewell segment for the iconic Barbara Walters.  She was also joined by other special guests, such as Oprah Winfrey and and Hillary Clinton! 

Barbara Walters Farewell Group Shot

After bringng back all eleven co-hosts, the current View ladies were joined by Hillary Clinton, who Barbara tried to talk into taking her place.  Then there was MIchael Douglas, who brought a clip of SNL's Cheri O'Teri mimicing Barbara as she interviewed the actual Barbara.  And finally, Oprah Winfrey joined The View ladies, and called Babs a pioneer.  

Oprah was then joined on stage by Diane Sawyer, Katie Couric, Jane Pauley, Connie Chung, Joan Lunden, Paula Zahn, Robin Roberts and many others who came to say farewell. So sweet!  

Bab's last The View episode will air today, with a 2 hour special called 'Barbara Walters: Her Story' airing on ABC tonight.

by Casey Blake Lively at . Comments

Barbara Walters reign over The View on a day to day basis is officially ending. The veteran news anchor announced today that Friday, May 16th will be her final day appearing on the show as a cohost.

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This morning on The View, Barbara Walters, 84, opened the show by announcing her exit. Walters created the show back in 1997 and has been a constant fixture at the desk. She has a career with ABC that has lasted 38 years and the network will celebrate her time with them in a week-long send-off beginning on May 12th. The week will end with a 2 hour prime time special highlighting the legend's career.

She will continue on as a executive producer of the show, but will no longer appear with the ladies discussing the hot topics.

Cheers to a great career Babs!

by Meg at . Comments
sherri shepherd and barbara walters disagree about woody allen

Barbara Walters and Sherri Shepherd had a shrill disagreement about controversial director Woody Allen during a segment of 'The View' this week.

The ABC co-hosts were involved in a discussion about an open letter that Dylan Farrow published in the New York Times, detailing alleged sexual abuse she suffered at the hands of her stepfather at age 7.

Walters sang the praises of her pal, "I have rarely seen a father as sensitive, as loving and as caring as Woody and Soon-Yi are to these girls.  I don't know about Dylan.  I can only tell you what I have seen now.  That it's a good marriage, and he's a loving, caring father.  I think that has to be said."

"Supposedly Dylan is very angry, but she is doing it now because he is up for an award.  So the question is: does your personal life interfere with the awards you may get?"

Shepherd was having none of it.  She countered, "We've heard so many cases of people going, 'He was the most wonderful person in the world.  I would have never thought he would've done...'  There are so many things that go on behind closed doors.  We also know that he was with Soon-Yi when she was very young.  He has a track record."

Barbara said smugly, "The fact that he likes 'younger women' has nothing to do with it.  It was mutual.  To condemn this man now is unfair."

Sherri wailed, "It was his stepdaughter that he messed around with!  That was his stepdaughter, Barbara.  He married his stepdaughter!"

Allen ended his long term relationship with actress Mia Farrow after she discovering the affair between her adopted teenage daughter and the famed movie director.

During a subsequent custody battle for his biological children, the former 'Peyton Place' star claimed Allen had sexually abused her daughter Dylan.  Charges were later dropped when Mia decided the young girl was too fragile to testify to the allegations in court.

Check out the heated disagreement between co-hosts on the video clip below:

Photo:  Video Screen Grab

by Meg at . Comments
miley and barbara walters

Barbara Walters sat down with Miley Cyrus to film a one-on-one interview that will air Wednesday night during the journalist's '10 Most Fascinating People of 2013' special on ABC.

The 21-year-old 'Wrecking Ball' singer landed on Walters' list this year largely because of her controversial twerking exhibition with Robin Thicke at the 2013 VMA's.

She talked about her broken engagement with Liam Hemsworth, acknowledging, "It was so fun wearing a fat rock for a few years."

In retrospect she isn't sorry for getting engaged so young ... but admits, "I don't think I realized what 19 truly was when I got engaged."

Cyrus claims to have learned a great deal about herself this year, including discovering that she can now be alone without suffering a great deal of anxiety.

Prior to her split with Hemsworth, she revealed, "I was so scared of ever being alone, and I think, conquering that fear, this year, was actually bigger than any other transition that I have had, this entire year.  I don't ever want to have to need someone again."

Among the rest of Barbara Walters 'Most Fascinating People' of 2013: Jennifer Lawrence, Robin Roberts, Edward Snowden, Prince George, The Robertson Family, Kim Kardashian, Kanye West, Diana Nyad and Pope Francis.  Her top pick is yet unnamed -- we're guessing it will be Angelina Jolie.

The show airs Wednesday on ABC at 9:30 p.m. ET.  Check out a sneak peek clip below:

Photo:  Twitter-Barbara Walters

by Meg at . Comments
2013 most fascinating people on the planet

ABC just released Barbara Walters' picks for 2013 Most Fascinating People of the Year while hyping her annual 90-minute television special.

This will be the last such show for the veteran television personality who turned 84 in September and will step out of the limelight during the summer of 2014.

Her list includes 'Wrecking Ball' singer Miley Cyrus, 'Hunger Games' star Jennifer Lawrence, NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, and'Good Morning America' co-host Robin Roberts.

She has also chosen the recently engaged couple Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, third heir to the British monarchy Prince George, Pope Francis, long distance swimmer Diana Nyad and the Robertson family of 'Duck Dynasty' fame.

Not everyone is personally interviewed and one might guess that Prince George and Ed Snowden won't be sitting down for a chat.

As is her normal practice, Barbara is withholding her #1 pick for Most Fascinating until the show airs -- though the name usually leaks prior to the broadcast.

Let us know who you think tops this year's list.  We're thinking it just might be Angelina Jolie -- who went public with her decision to have a double mastectomy after learning that she carried the same gene that led to her mother's early death.

angelina jolie 2013 most fascinating

Catch the show Wednesday, Dec. 18, at 9:30 p.m. ET.

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by Meg at . Comments
babs supports jenny mccarthy on the view

Amid rumors that Jenny McCarthy may soon be ousted from her co-hosting duties on ABC's 'The View,' her boss issued the totally expected denial through a show rep.

A Barbara Walters spokesperson issued a terse response, "There is absolutely no truth to these reports."

End of story, right?  Not so fast.  We've heard the very same denials when rumors suggested that Elisabeth Hasselbeck was leaving the show, and when sources claimed Walters was about to announce a retirement date.  That said -- who knows whether McCarthy has already worn out her welcome just a month after joining the morning talk show panel.

The latest speculation was fueled by reports that show co-creator and producer Bill Geddie is having second thoughts about bringing Jenny on board when Season 17 kicked off on Sept. 9, 2013.

Premiere week averaged 3 million total viewers, slightly below the rating received during Whoopi Goldberg's debut week back in 2007.

The show last won a Daytime Emmy in 2009 for Outstanding Talk Show Host.  At that time the panelists were Goldberg, Behar, Shepherd, Hasselbeck and Walters.

McCarthy, 40, is known for her quick wit, outrageous sense of humor and her unfiltered take on just about everything.  She replaced the decidedly conservative Republican Hasselbeck, who strongly supported the Bush administration and regularly received talking points from the White House to support her position against the rest of her co-hosts.

We'll be keeping close tabs on Sherri Shepherd in the coming weeks.  She has leaked more than one hot scoop in the past and if anyone is going to let something slip -- it will be her.

Photos:  Twitter-The View

by Missy at . Comments
elisabeth hasselbeck the view

Elisabeth Hasselbeck's much anticipated last day on ABC's  morning talk show 'The View' is today, July 10.  The co-host decided to wait until her exit day to make the big announcement but her new employer beat her to the punch.

Fox News Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes confirmed that Hasselbeck will replace Gretchen Carlson, "Elisabeth's warm and engaging personality made her a star on The View.  She has proven to be an excellent conversationalist and I am certain she will make a great addition to our already successful morning franchise."

Hasselback followed with this statement: "I have been a longtime fan of Fox & Friends and am excited to be joining their team in September as it is an honor to call the Fox News Channel my new television home."

Her former boss Barbara Walters acknowledged, "We have had 10 wonderful years with Elisabeth, and she will now be swimming in new waters. We will miss her and wish her everything good."

ABC said Hasselbeck brought "her passion and strong beliefs to The View" and "stood behind her political views even if they were not the most popular opinions at the table."

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Reports indicate that  Jenny McCarthy and Brooke Shields have been in talks with the network to step in for Hasselbeck and Joy Behar, who will leave in August when her contract ends.

Elisabeth wed former NFL quarterback Tim Hasselbeck in 2002. They have three children, Grace,Taylor and Isaiah.

Photo Credit: WENN

by Meg at . Comments
jackie danforth arrested for dui

Jacqueline Danforth, the adopted daughter of Barbara Walters, was arrested at 1:24 a.m. Sunday in Naples, Florida and charged with DUI.

The 44-year-old was driving a Hondo Pilot SUV without headlights when she was pulled over by local police.

According to a report filed by the arresting officer, Jackie Danforth and her male passenger were "heavily intoxicated."   The policeman noted in his report, "I was afraid that the suspect may run into traffic on the highway, so she was taken to the ground due to her unpredictable behavior, then secured in handcuffs."

A breathalyzer test revealed a blood alcohol level of .218 -- close to three times the legal limit.

Danforth was booked and photographed before being released from the Collier County Sheriff's Office shortly after posting a $1,000 bond.  She is scheduled to appear in court on June 12th.

jacqueline dena gruber danforth mugshot

In 2003 journalist Jane Pauley conducted an NBC interview with Barbara and Jackie, during which mother and daughter acknowledged that things were rocky at times during the teenage years.  Danforth admits she ran away on a number of occasions, once for over a month.

Barbara claims, "Another parent would call the police.  I didn't want the headlines.  It's not that I didn't want the headlines for myself.  I didn't want the headlines for her.  I thought, "I don't know what she'll do."

When Pauley shot back, "What do you mean, you didn't know what she would do?"

Walters explained, "Well, if suddenly she'd read, 'Everybody's looking for Barbara Walters' daughter,' it might have made things worse."

The 83-year-old recently announced she will retire next year after a career spanning six decades.

Photos:  Twitter-Barbara Walters, Video Screen Grab-Oprah interview, Collier County Sheriff's Booking Photo

by Meg at . Comments
barbara walters announces retirement

ABC announced last night that Barbara Walters would officially announce her 2014 retirement on 'The View' Monday.

She tweeted this teaser that was linked to an ABC banner headline:

barbara and abc tweet

Walters led Monday's show with a video detailing her long and illustrious career.  While wiping away tears, she declared her intention to leave television a year from now after 50 years on the air.

Until next summer Walters, 83, will continue to anchor and report for the network, appear in specials, and continue in her role as executive producer and panelist on 'The View.'

She said, "I am very happy with my decision and look forward to a wonderful and special year ahead."

Regarding her future plans, she stated emphatically, "I do not want to appear on another program or climb another mountain.  I want instead to sit on a sunny field and admire the very gifted women --- and, OK, some men, too --- who will be taking my place."

ABC News President Ben Sherwood said, "There is only one Barbara Walters.  We look forward to making her final year on television remarkable, path-breaking and news-making as Barbara herself.  We look forward to a year befitting her brilliant career, filled with exclusive interviews, great adventures and indelible memories."

She ended her announcement by saying, "My cup runneth over.  I thank you, I thank you, I thank you."

A network executive who was seated in the audience for the big announcement, suggested that she might want to consider a stint on ABC's 'Dancing with the Stars.'   Bring it on Barbara!

Photos:  WENN, Twitter-Barbara Walters

by Meg at . Comments
barbara walters set to announce retirement

After nearly 60 years in television, veteran journalist and morning talk show co-host Barbara Walters, 83, is set to announce that she will retire in May 2014.

The decision comes on the heels of similar news by her colleague Joy Behar, who will exit 'The View' later this year.

It has been a rough 2013 for Walters, who fell during a pre-inaugural party in Washington D.C. in January.  She suffered a concussion and ended up with a case of chicken pox that kept her away from the show for six weeks.  In 2010 she underwent open heart surgery to replace a faulty aortic valve.

Barbara is expected to make an official announcement on Monday's show.  Her departure will be commemorated by a series of specials celebrating her nearly six decades spent on 'ABC News,' 'Today Show,' '20/20' and 'The View.'

The newswoman became the first female co-anchor when she was teamed with Harry Reasoner on the 'ABC Evening News' from 1976-78, earning the enormous sum of $1 million a year.

She gained a reputation for reducing celebrities to tears during one-on-one interviews for 20/20 and in recent years hosted the popular 'Barbara Walters' 10 Most Fascinating People' special.

Photo:  WENN