Barbara Walters will be retiring. The chat show veteran has decided to end her phenomenal TV career in 2014.
"I am very happy with my decision and look forward to a wonderful and special year ahead both on The View and with ABC News. I created The View and am delighted it will last beyond my leaving it. 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," she said in a statement.
The 83-year-old star - who will continue to serve as executive producer of The View - began her career in 1961 and has spent five decades at the forefront of television. She co-hosted NBC's morning news program, The Today Show, for 15 years before moving over to ABC to co-host the Evening News. Ben Sherwood, ABC News President, said, "There is only one Barbara Walters. We look forward to making her final year on television as 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."
Brooke Shields is in talks to join The View.
The 47-year-old Blue Lagoon actress has reportedly been approached by ABC to join the US morning chat show's panel after current host Joy Behar recently announced she is leaving the popular series after 16 seasons and amid rumors Elizabeth Hasselbeck's contract has not been renewed.
According to gossip website showbiz411.com, Barbara Walters, who is at the helm of the series, thinks that Brooke would be a great addition and is eager for her to take over one of the vacant spots. Sources said Barbara really wants her because the actress has two children, is a Princeton graduate and "very articulate," but also has great connections in Hollywood.
The brunette beauty, who previously acted as a guest host, is said to be in final negotiations to join the show next season alongside Whoopi Goldberg, Sherri Shepherd, and Barbara.
Barbara Walters has forgiven Lindsay Lohan for pulling out of their scheduled interview.
The Liz & Dick actress was due to chat to her friend about her latest movie on November 16, but cancelled and instead agreed to do interviews with Jay Leno on The Tonight Show, Good Morning America and Late Night With Jimmy Fallon leaving Barbara very "disappointed: about being snubbed, but the 20/20 host has now forgiven the 26-year-old star after she apologized on TV.
Speaking to Jay Leno last night, Lindsay said she cancelled her sit down with Barbara because the timing "wasn't right, right now." She explained, "I love her, I'm a big fan of Barbara Walters. So when it's right, she knows she'll be the first person I sit down with."
The troubled actress's new PR team were said to have cancelled the interview because they feared it would focus too much on her personal problems, including her father's attempted intervention last month and her current legal issues amid reports her probation will be revoked this week.
Mariah Carey hired extra security after Nicki Minaj threatened to shoot her.
The American Idol star has confirmed her fellow judge menaced her with gun violence during their explosive argument on the set of the talent show on Tuesday, and she is worried about the "unpredictable" rapper's next move. Mariah contacted chat show host Barbara Walters, who read out a statement on The View which revealed several staff members had heard Nicki quip, "If I had a gun I would shoot the b***h."
Good Morning America took a moment to be somber on Wednesday in honor of legendary actress, the late Elizabeth Taylor. Barbara Walters made an appearance to pay tribute to the incomparable star, which you can see in the video above.
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In the event you failed to renew your Us Weekly subscription last year, Barbara Walters will help get you caught during her upcoming ABC special.
For her annual year-end list, the ABC personality/journalist (apparently) pored through the tabloids to find the names she -- not necessarily we -- found most interesting.
Although she still has room to surprise us with the final two names, you can preview most of her selections after the jump.
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-Ladies -- get ready for some green chest action on ABC. The network is teaming up with Marvel to bring back a new version of The Incredible Hulk. (Mark Ruffalo is scheduled to play the character on the big screen in The Avengers.)
-Prepare for more television coverage of miners. Spike TV has been developing Coal -- a show about miners in West Virginia -- for over a year now. The program from the Deadliest Catch producers will debut in April.
-Barbara Walters has reportedly named the cast of Jersey Shore one of the most fascinating subjects of 2010. Barbara's annual special will air on December 9. Season 3 of Jersey Shore will then premiere on January 6.
-Speaking of Baba Wawa, the ABC personality has nabbed journalism's most coveted interview: the one with Oprah Winfrey. That discussion about Oprah's final season will air just before Barbara's Most Fascinating special.
If you were to publicly discuss the proposed Islamic cultural center near Ground Zero, chances are you’d hear some debate.
If you were to address that same topic on The View, you could see a few exits as well.
In this clip, see how Joy Behar and Whoopi Goldberg reacted when Bill O’Reilly claimed “Muslims killed us on 9/11” during today’s show. Also, check out how Barbara Walters reprimanded her co-hosts for not behaving professionally during the heated exchange.
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-Late-night host David Letterman will make his first appearance on The View. David, who had quintuple heart bypass surgery in 2000, will welcome back Barbara Walters from her surgery on September 7.
-Speaking of Barbara, Walters and exec. producer Bill Geddie are currently producing a “unisex” version of her daytime talk show. Bryant Gumbel is reportedly in the running to help co-host the male-friendly spinoff.
-The original Kermit the Frog will be moving to a new home. Jim Henson’s wife, Jane, donated the first green guy - born 1955 - to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. Nine other puppets will join Kermit in the collection.
-Cake Boss co-star Remy Gonzalez was arrested earlier this month for the alleged sexual assault of a minor. Remy is currently being held on $300,000 bail in New Jersey for charges including aggravated sexual assault, criminal sexual assault, and endangering the welfare of a child.
This Thursday’s broadcast of The View will mark two significant returns: the return of President Barack Obama and the (brief) return of Barbara Walters.
Although Obama has chatted with the ladies before, he hasn’t visited the program since March 2008 - when he was just a U.S. senator. Meanwhile, Walters - who is still taking time off to recover from her heart surgery - will make a special appearance for the event.
The hour is not only a coup for the The View, but for daytime television overall. This is the first time a sitting president has guested on a daytime talk show.
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