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Barbara Walters Picks Her Most Fascinating Person

And it's Amal Clooney

(Newser) - Amal Clooney, the human rights lawyer who managed to snag George Clooney as a husband this year, also managed to snag the top spot on Barbara Walters' annual list of the most fascinating people last night. Interestingly, it was Walters to whom Mr. Clooney said, back in 1995, "I'... More »

Joan Rivers Gets Her Star-Studded Sendoff

Howard Stern pays tribute to 'crazy aunt at Bar Mitzvah'

(Newser) - No word on whether Meryl Streep is crying in five different accents , but Joan Rivers' funeral is under way at Temple Emanu-El in New York, and the private event is basically one rather large name-drop. Luminaries including Howard Stern, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Griffin, Whoopi Goldberg, Barbara Walters, Kelly Osbourne,... More »

5 Standout Barbara Walters Interviews

Walters says goodbye to TV news after 50 years

(Newser) - When Barbara Walters signs off from The View today, it will mark her farewell to television—at least as a regular—after a 50-year career. For a woman who started out hawking dog food on camera to one that reeled in the most viewers of any single news program ever... More »

Shelly Sterling: I'll Divorce Donald

But she wants to keep the Clippers, she says

(Newser) - Shelly Sterling plans "eventually" to divorce her estranged husband Donald, she tells Barbara Walters at ABC News . As for her stake in the Los Angeles Clippers, she plans to keep it, the AP notes. Sterling says she would "absolutely" fight any NBA decision to force her to sell... More »

'Baba Wawa' Makes SNL Farewell

Walters offers tips on longevity ahead of her retirement

(Newser) - Barbara Walters is stepping down this week after a 50-plus year career , and she stopped by Saturday Night Live last night to tweak the show that's been a pretty persistent thorn in her side, reports ABC . Appearing on "Weekend Update," she told Cecily Strong after a montage... More »

Woman in Sterling Controversy: 'He's Not a Racist'

V. Stiviano defends him to Barbara Walters

(Newser) - Well, not everybody thinks LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling is a racist: V. Stiviano, the woman who started this whole mess by recording her private conversations with him, offered up some decent words about him last night to Barbara Walters of ABC News :
  • On racism: "I think Mr. Sterling
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ABC to Walters: No, Snowden Can't Be Most Fascinating

Network rejects her plan for annual special

(Newser) - Well, whomever Barbara Walters names as the Most Fascinating Person of 2013, it won't be the person she really wanted in the top spot. Walters intended to put Edward Snowden at No. 1 on her annual list, but ABC nixed that idea, the New York Daily News reports. Network... More »

10 Crazy Celeb Interviews

One of them involves removing an artificial leg on-air...

(Newser) - When celebrity interviews go wrong: Radar rounds up 24 of the absolute weirdest and craziest sit-downs. A sampling:
  • Princess Diana, separated from Prince Charles and having learned he cheated on her, told Martin Bashir, "There were three of us in this marriage, so it was a bit crowded."
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Katy Perry Gets Apology From ... Barbara Walters

She didn't know why Perry was late to interview, Walters says on 'The View'

(Newser) - Here's one way to get an apology from an interviewer who was mean to you: Talk about the incident in Billboard. Katy Perry revealed in her recent cover story that, while she was facing the end of her marriage to Russell Brand, she was late to an interview with... More »

Katy Perry: I Had Suicidal Thoughts After Divorce

Talks dark thoughts, new album in 'Billboard'

(Newser) - Katy Perry is this week's Billboard cover star, and in the interview, she reveals some pretty dark thoughts from her past. "By the Grace of God," a track from her upcoming album PRISM, opens with Perry on the bathroom floor, contemplating suicide. "That song is evident... More »

Hasselbeck Swaps The View for Fox

She's joining Fox and Friends this fall

(Newser) - Another empty seat is coming up at The View: Elisabeth Hasselbeck is leaving the ABC talk show for a new gig on Fox and Friends, the network has confirmed. The departure comes as part of a shake-up that includes the exit of Joy Behar and the retirement of Barbara Walters... More »

Walters' Legacy: 'Ferocious' or 'Gross'?

Salon columnists debate her career

(Newser) - In dueling Salon columns, Alex Pareene and Mary Elizabeth Williams debate the career and legacy of retiring journalist Barbara Walters :
  • Journalist? Really? Pareene would disagree with that assessment of Walters, whom he blames for "the ridiculous and sorry state of American television journalism." She was just as likely
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Barbara Walters Retires After 50 Years

Pioneering newswoman off 'The View' next summer

(Newser) - As expected, Barbara Walters today announced the end of a broadcasting career that began during the Truman administration, People reports. "Let me just say I have been on television continuously for over 50 years," Walters said on The View today, adding that she is "perfectly healthy" and... More »

Barbara Walters Will Retire Next Year: Reports

Deadline says she's out in 2014, and other sites confirm

(Newser) - Looks like Barbara Walters is ready to call it quits after 50-plus years in the TV business. Deadline first reported that the 83-year-old was poised to announce that she would retire in May 2014, and everyone from Page Six to USA Today to the Huffington Post has confirmed the scoop... More »

Coming to The View: Brooke Shields?

She's one rumored replacement for Behar, Hasselbeck

(Newser) - If Elisabeth Hasselbeck leaves The View as rumored , a big name may be taking her seat: Radar reports that Brooke Shields is close to a deal to join the remaining ladies. She's guest hosted before, and sources tell Showbiz411 that Barbara Walters wants her to become a permanent addition... More »

At 83, Barbara Walters Gets Chickenpox

Keeps ABC veteran in hospital, Whoopi Goldberg says

(Newser) - Barbara Walters would probably like to hit the reset button on 2013. She's got the chickenpox and remains hospitalized more than a week after going in after falling and hitting her head at a pre-inaugural party in Washington on Jan. 19, Whoopi Goldberg revealed this morning on The View.... More »

Barbara Walters Hospitalized After Fall

83-year-old hit her head, reportedly fine

(Newser) - Barbara Walters has landed in the hospital after taking a fall last night at the British ambassador's residence, reports Politico . The 83-year-old apparently took a tumble on a stair, and hit and cut her head. “Out of an abundance of caution, she went to the hospital to have... More »

Obama on Pot: 'We've Got Bigger Fish to Fry'

He says government won't prioritize going after users in WA, CO

(Newser) - Can potheads in Washington and Colorado toke up without fear of the DEA? Maybe. ABC News released an excerpt from President Obama's interview with Barbara Walters today in which the president indicates that cracking down on marijuana use in states where it's legal isn't a "top... More »

Barbara Walters' Most Fascinating Person of 2012 Is...

...David Petraeus

(Newser) - Barbara Walters unveiled her most fascinating person of the year last night: General David Petraeus. The sex-scandal-plagued former CIA director's extramarital affair and shocking resignation was a story that Walters deemed "irresistible" during her annual special . "The keeper of the nation's secrets unable to conceal his... More »

US Recognizes Syria Rebels

President Obama gives blessing to opposition coalition

(Newser) - The US will formally recognize Syria's opposition as the country's legitimate representative, Barack Obama announced today in an interview with Barbara Walters on ABC . "It's a big step," Obama said. "We've made a decision that the Syrian Opposition Coalition is now inclusive enough,... More »

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