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Katie Couric Has a Framed Note From Barbara Walters

Journalist pays tribute to a trailblazing predecessor

(Newser) - When getting a live tour of the White House by then-first lady Barbara Bush, Katie Couric ended up scoring a coup—interviewing President George HW Bush, who showed up unexpectedly. The following day, Couric received a note from Barbara Walters, ostensibly a rival over at ABC. “Dear Katie, You...

Barbara Walters Listed Flops Alongside Celebrated Interviews

Journalist questioned world leaders, entertainers, and a former White House intern

(Newser) - "I was never in awe of celebrities because they worked for my father," Barbara Walters once said; Lou Walters was a Boston booking agent who ran nightclubs, per the New York Times . But before she could ask her sometimes startling questions, Walters, who died Friday , had to land...

Barbara Walters Dead at 93
Barbara Walters
Dead at 93

Barbara Walters Dead at 93

In the 1970s, she became the first female network news anchor

(Newser) - Barbara Walters, a pioneer as TV news’ first woman superstar, has died at age 93, according to ABC News . No cause of death was immediately announced. Walters made headlines in 1976 as the first female network news anchor, with an unprecedented $1 million annual salary, per the AP . During more...

Brooke Shields Blasts Barbara Walters for 1980 Interview

Actress says chat with TV journalist over CK ad, when Shields was 15, was 'practically criminal'

(Newser) - In an October interview with Vogue, Brooke Shields spoke about the famous Calvin Klein jeans ad she'd made in 1980, when she was 15, and how she hadn't at the time realized how sexual in nature it was widely interpreted as. (Her famous line: "You want to...

Ricky Martin: I Felt 'Violated' by Barbara Walters Interview

She pressured him to 'stop the rumors' about his sexuality in 2000 interview

(Newser) - Barbara Walters has described a 2000 interview in which she pushed Ricky Martin on his sexuality as the only interview she regrets—and Martin doesn't feel great about it, either. The singer, who came out in 2010 , tells People that there's still a "little PTSD" from the...

Connie Chung Gets Super Candid About Time at ABC

Barbara Walters, Diane Sawyer tried to 'put me down back in my little hole'

(Newser) - Retired news anchor Connie Chung is opening up about her years at ABC, CBS, NBC, and CNN—not all of which were apparently enjoyable. Competition was fierce, Chung recalled on Thursday's episode of Los Angeles Magazine's "The Originals" podcast. Chung said she had to be on guard...

Barbara Walters Picks 2015's Most Fascinating Person

It's Caitlyn Jenner, for 'transforming society'

(Newser) - There was no shortage of interesting people in 2015, but Caitlyn Jenner, a "symbol of hope for the transgender community," topped them all, Barbara Walters decided in her annual ABC special Thursday night. Walters said that the 66-year-old "transformed society" and "raised awareness and acceptance of...

Barbara Walters Picks Her 'Most Fascinating People'

Special airs Dec. 17

(Newser) - Next Wednesday we'll learn who Time has anointed its Person of the Year (currently leading the readers' poll: Bernie Sanders ), but America will have to hold its breath for two more weeks before learning who Barbara Walters has deemed the Most Fascinating. She'll announce that person during...

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'...

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,...

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...

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...

'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...

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

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...

10 Crazy Celeb Interviews
 10 Crazy Celeb 

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."

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...

Katy Perry: I Had Suicidal Thoughts After Divorce
Katy Perry: I Had Suicidal Thoughts After Divorce
'billboard' interview

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...

Hasselbeck Swaps The View for Fox
Hasselbeck Swaps
The View for Fox 

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...

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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