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."
Alec Baldwin is being lined up to front a late-night talk show.
The 30 Rock actor - who is currently starring in a stage production of Orphans on New York's Broadway - is said to have had "conversations" with NBC about taking over the slot currently occupied by Carson Daly's Last Call after impressing network chiefs with his podcast series.
"People have been impressed with his radio podcast series and have thought about him for these opportunities," a source said.
Alec's podcast series with WNYC radio, called Here's The Thing, has seen him interview stars including David Letterman, Billy Joel, Kristen Wiig and Chris Rock away from the studio into locations such as his guest's apartment. If the proposed 30-minute TV show followed the same format, it would mean the 55-year-old actor could record several installments in one day, leaving his schedule open for his other commitments, the New York Daily News reports.
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.
Michael Jackson's son has landed a job as a special correspondent for Entertainment Tonight.
Prince Michael Jackson, 16 - whose father died from acute Propofol intoxication in June 2009 - is hoping the job will lead to a long career in the entertainment industry: "I'm looking to become well-rounded as a producer, director, screenwriter and actor. I've been raised around stuff like this so it was different being the interviewer instead of the one being interviewed."
While Prince's first interview was with James Franco, Zach Braff and director Sam Raimi for their new movie,Oz the Great and Powerful, he is hoping his next one will be with Peter Jackson as he loved to watch the director's movies with his dad. "Peter Jackson, I love his movies. Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, and King Kong. I just love the way he shoots [and how] he brings things and depicts it back to life. I used to study his movies with my dad, put the volume off and just watch it, just the shots to see how he put it together," he explained.
Kris Jenner's daytime talk show Kris will air this summer.
The showbiz matriarch - who has masterminded the reality TV careers of her entire family, most notably daughter Kim Kardashian - will present a one-hour show featuring celebrity guests and fashion, beauty and lifestyle discussions, after agreeing a deal with Twentieth Television.
"This is something I have wanted to do all my life so it's definitely a dream come true! I can't wait for this new adventure to begin," she said.
Twentieth Television believe Kris' experience as a manager to her celebrity daughters Kim, Kourtney and Khloe Kardashian and Kylie and Kendall Jenner, will help her be a great TV host. "The latest adventures, successes and disappointments surrounding the extensive Kardashian and Jenner family fill entertainment magazines and create daily online headlines. [In the middle] of this fascinating empire is Kris Jenner - a dedicated mom and a successful business woman. Whether offering real advice to her family or sharing personal moments with viewers, Kris is honest, compelling, entertaining, and unscripted - all excellent qualities for a daytime talk show host," said Stephen Brown, Twentieth's EVP of Development & Programming.
"I am a Beyonce fan and I am going to be watching this documentary even if she doesn't introduce us to new stuff... I want to watch it. Fortunately one of the TVs in our kitchen has closed captioning so I can understand what she says - because you know Beyonce can’t talk. Beyonce sounds like she has a fifth grade education... I just said, I'm a fan but lets call a spade a spade."
- Talk show host Wendy Williams anticipates Beyonce's upcoming HBO documentary, set to air Febuary 16, 2013.
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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.
David Beckham is being inundated with offers to host his own talk show.
The 37-year-old footballer - whose rolling one year contract with Los Angeles Galaxy is up for renewal in December - has reportedly been offered the chance to front his own sports show by Time Warner Cable. A source told the Daily Star Sunday newspaper, "We want David on board whether or not he continues to play for the Galaxy. We are on our way to becoming the world's biggest sportscaster and he is a key part of our future."
The insider said that the US-based company has offered the midfielder a "multi-million" contract and is "desperate" to secure the father-of-four to host a twice-weekly show on its new sports network. The proposed format would see David interview his fellow athletes, discuss tactics and give him "free reign" to cover any sports of his choice.
But rivals FOX are said to be hashing out a massive counter offer in a desperate bid to lure the successful British star to its network and he is considering his options after being advised to cash-in on his celebrity status.
Dina Lohan has been slammed as "phony and inauthentic." The mother of troubled actress Lindsay Lohan gave a shambolic interview to Dr. Phil McGraw on his Dr. Phil show where she was blasted for appearing intoxicated and made rude gestures when she didn't like certain questions and the TV personality was unimpressed.
"What you have done is distinguished yourself in the negative, you have come on here and been phony and inauthentic. You spent more time talking about cameras, are we rolling... that's my business... we're not here about my business, we're here about your life," he told her.
Bruce Jenner regrets sharing his stepdaughter's wedding with the world.
The former Olympic athlete - who is married to Kris Jenner - admitted that Kim Kardashian's ill-fated marriage to basketball player Kris Humphries would have been best kept under wraps.
"The only thing [I wish I could take back that the public has seen], the whole wedding thing. We went so overboard on that. And the way it turned out and everything," she said.
However, Bruce claimed that the extravagance of their ceremony was out of genuine love at the time but their feeling changed rapidly: "And, because I mean at the time it was honest...I mean, I was all in, you know? But then it turned so quickly."
When asked by Oprah if he believed the marriage was going to work, Bruce didn't say he believed it would but confided that he rooted for it to last.
Bruce said, "I was hoping it would work."
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