This woman is a machine.
I affectionately call her Babs and often joke that she’s so old producers simply prop her up and make her mouth move, BUT let’s be real. Barbara Walters is the best in the business, and today, she’s signing off after five decades in television. FIVE DECADES. Do you know how much has happened in that span of time? She’s interviewed every president since Nixon, Monica Lewinsky (an estimated 50 million people tuned in), Fidel Castro, the Dalai Lama and every political figure and celebrity you can remember. In 1976 she became the first TV news anchor to make $1 million and in 2014 she’s leaving “The View” after producing and co-hosting since 1997. In true Barbara Walters fashion, ABC threw a massive last episode party with all her bffs and past co-hosts, oh and Oprah, to bid her adieu. Will this really be her retirement or will she pull a Larry King and just start an online show?
“I do not want to appear on another program or climb another mountain,” Barbara told the NYT. “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. I can’t wait to have unstructured time – to have lunch with the girlfriends, to go to a matinee if I feel like it, just to have that kind of freedom.”
This September, I’ll turn 28 and Babs will turn 85. We both feel our legs are our best feature, enjoy interviewing interesting people and have an affinity for pearls paired with a nice pencil skirt. Thanks for the memories, Barbara, and here’s to being half of the BOSS you are.
Let’s go see a matinee soon.