‘The View’ To Unite All Former And Current Co-Hosts For Barbara Walters’ On-Air Retirement

Daytime talker The ViewDON LEMON, BARBARA WALTERS, SCOTT FOLEY, SHERRI SHEPHERD, WHOOPI GOLDBERG, JENNY MCCARTHY will reunite all 11 of its co-hosts on Thursday, May 15 which is Barbara Walters‘ second-to-last day on the program. Walters, the show’s creator and EP, is ending her on-air run on the show May 16. (Babs will continue to be EP of The View along with executive producer Bill Geddie, her producing partner of more than 25 years.)

Pulling this off is no small feat, given the less-than-happy circumstances under which some of the co-hosts have left over the years. In addition to journalist Meredith Vieira, the list of returning co-hosts who will appear that Thursday includes lawyer Star Jones, comedian Joy Behar, television personality Debbie Matenopoulos, journalist Lisa Ling, comedian Rosie O’Donnell, and Fox News Channel host Elisabeth Hasselbeck — joining current co-hosts  Sherri Shepherd, Jenny McCarthy, Whoopi Goldberg and Walters. Walters, for instance, recently acknowledged Hasselbeck and Behar were pushed out, but insinuated it was done by ABC, in an effort to shake things up on the show. “These are not Barbara and Bill’s decisions,” Walters told Variety. “The network is also involved. I think the feeling was if one went, both had to leave. We needed to shake things up.” Read More »

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UPDATE: Barbara Walters Announces Her Exit Date On ‘The View’

By | Monday April 7, 2014 @ 8:30am PDT

Barbara WaltersUPDATED, 8:30 AM: Barbara Walters got a standing ovation on The View this morning as she announced she will make her final regular appearance on the show Friday, May 16. ”Many of you have had to put up with me since your childhood — and, you’re not free of me yet, because I am not leaving television entirely,” Walters warned. “I will continue  in my role as exec producer of The View…which means I can continue to watch [exec producer] Bill Geddie, with whom I have worked for more than 25 years, get older and balder… as I get blonder.” Read More »

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Rosie O’Donnell Returns To ‘The View’, Disagrees “Tenaciously” With Barbara Walters Over Woody Allen Accusations: Video

By | Friday February 7, 2014 @ 10:49am PST

LisaColumn__131015210634-275x198Rosie O’Donnell returned to The View today for the first timeViewRosie since her headline-grabbing bow-out in 20007. Outgoing Den Mom Barbara Walters explained at the top of the show that they decided it was the perfect time to have Rosie back: “Valentine’s time, heart — everything — to catch up.” Today also is designated as Nation Wear Red Day — it’s a plug for women’s health issues, heart disease being the No. 1 killer of women in the U.S., according to a study. The Ladies of The View are wearing red. Rosie had a major heart attack a couple years ago. Match made in heaven.

“It’s good to have you back on the couch,” Babs says as Rosie comes out onstage. “If feels kinda weird – but good weird,” Rosie says.  “I have a red bra on for heart week” she adds. She shows us the bra. “You have your own heart trouble, Babs says, getting down to business. Rosie: “I certainly did – I had a major heart attack.”

They talk about that. They talk about Rosie’s wife’s cancer. They talk about Rosie’s youngest child, and her oldest. “I have known you for a long time, and there are things we disagree on,” Walters says. “One thing I never disagreed: You’ve been a wonderful mother.”

Babs invites Rosie to do the Hot Topics segment with them. “Don’t worry, I’ll be good,” Rosie whispers to Babs as they go to commercial. “I’m not worried,” Babs whispers back. ”Is Hasselbeck here? Just checking!” Rosie snarks as Hot Topics gets underway. Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Rosie frequently got into verbal brawls on The View, during Hot Topics. We miss that. Hasselbeck’s gone from the show too; she’s now a host on Fox News Channel’s Fox & Friends.

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Rosie O’Donnell Returns To ‘The View’

By | Monday January 27, 2014 @ 7:22am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Rosie O'Donnell Barbara WaltersSweeps tend to bring together the strangest bedfellows in pursuit of ratings. On February 7, The View will welcome back former co-host Rosie O’Donnell six years after her nuclear exit from the show amidst a reported feud … Read More »

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Controversy Becomes Jimmy Kimmel With Best Ratings Since Move To 11:35 PM

By | Monday December 2, 2013 @ 1:52pm PST

Controversy becomes Jimmy Kimmel, though it may give parent company Disney heart palpitations. Turns out, the week of November 18, Jimmy_Kimmel_2Jimmy Kimmel Live had its best week in both viewers (2.86 million) and in the demo (1.05 million) since it moved to its earlier 11:35 PM time slot in January to play with the big boys. November 18, maybe not coincidentally, was the deadline for Kimmel’s non-fans to collect 100,000 signatures on a petition mandating White House comment on the ABC program’s Kids Table segment in which Kimmel asked a group of precocious moppets, among other questions, how they thought the United States should repay its $1.3 trillion debt to China. “Kill everyone in China,” giggled little Braxton. After which, all hell broke loose for Disney.

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Kimmel had been getting loads of free press since the October 16 broadcast, but it reached the boiling point as the petition neared its required 100,000 signatures.  With that threshold easily hit, the White House is now obligated to comment on 6-year-old Braxton’s suggestion. (The White House raised the number of petition signatures required last January, after a petition calling for the deportation of CNN’s British primetime anchor Piers Morgan, and other petitions, very quickly hit the previous 25,000 signature threshold.) Kimmel has apologized for the segment, Disney has apologized for the segment, ABC has expunged the segment from all platforms and even plowed under the Kids Table segment.

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‘The View’ Teaches Us Lesson Of “No Truth To This Story” Overuse

By | Wednesday October 16, 2013 @ 6:43am PDT

Here’s the thing about a TV show in the news issuing a statement to the press, of the “absolutely no truth to this story” sort, in response to some hot piece of gossip making the rounds. If it’s … Read More »

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Barbara Walters Denies Katie Couric Replacing Her On ‘The View’

By | Friday September 13, 2013 @ 8:09am PDT

A Barbara Walters denial — the next best thing to confirmation when reporting about The View? Having stated she was not retiring — not so long before announcing she was — and having emphatically denied a report Elisabeth Hasselbeck was leaving the show — Hasselbeck did — Walters has a slight credibility problem these days. Take this morning’s report that Katie Couric is mulling whether to replace Walters when she gives up her on-air chair on The View.  Deadline reported Walters was retiring in May, just before ABC and Walters made the announcement; Walters had scoffed at earlier reports. Couric, who’s already made the move from evening news to daytime talk and is under contract at ABC parent Disney, could slip into the “serious journalist” role on The View and land in an environment more like that of Today, where she enjoyed ratings success, than her current program, which has slipped in the ratings. Disney is in second year of two-year contracts with stations to air Couric’s syndicated daytime talk show — though Katie airs on ABC O&Os in many major markets. Read More »

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Joy Behar Bids Farewell To ‘The View’ (VIDEO)

Elisabeth Hasselbeck was notably missing as the last of Barbara Walters’ original Ladies of The View bid the show adieu today in a mostly-older-star-strewn, pre-recorded episode. Joy Behar was feted for her more than 16 seasons on the daytime gab-fest that’s undergoing major re-casting as it competes with a slew of copycats. Among those putting in appearances, in person or via recorded message on the episode: Mario Cantone, Joan Rivers, Nathan Lane, Jane Lynch, Steve Martin, Carol Burnett, Debbie Reynolds, Toni Bennett (who performed his standard, The Good Life), and Regis Philbin, who as Babs told it, took her to hear Behar’s nightclub act, which led to Behar’s hire. “For years she has been proving how right I was” for the decision…I discovered Joy Behar!” Babs said — Of course she did! Read More »

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ABC, NBC Succumb To Royal-Baby Primetime Ratings Crack; CBS Just Says No

ABC News, which blew out large chunks of ABC’s daytime schedule today to cover the birth of Britain’s Royal Baby, announced this afternoon that Babs Walters will anchor a special royal-baby edition of 20/20 tomorrow. The Royal Baby: Read More »

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Elisabeth Hasselbeck Plugs Fox News Channel’s ‘Fox & Friends’ on ‘The View’

UPDATED, 9:55 AM: Fox News Channel‘s morning show got a big fat plug on ABC this morning when outgoing The View co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck was allowed to announce specifics of her future plans at the top of the show. “I’m really happy and excited to confirm I will be joining the Fox & Friends team in September and I would first like to thank Mr. [Roger] Ailes, Bill Shine, and the entire Fox [News] Channel for this incredible opportunity,” Hasselbeck gushed at the top of this morning’s show, eschewing the “pursue other opportunities” shilly-shallying that usually occurs when on-air talent switches teams. The View creator/exec producer/den mother Barbara Walters even pitched in to help, telling Hasselbeck to tell Ailes she can come back to visit whenever she wants.

“I’m happy you’re going,” Walters told Hasselbeck at the start of the latter’s last day on the show this morning. “No, I’m NOT! I’m happy it’s good for you,” Walters continued, struggling to get back on script. Hasselbeck, who’d walked out onstage arm-in-arm with Babs as the studio audience gave her a standing ovation, began to praise the show’s liberals with whom she’d clashed over the years. She called Whoopi Goldberg “the most talented artist on the planet.” As for her Tormentor in Chief, Joy Behar, Hasselbeck insisted she has “an insane amount of respect” for the comic-turned-TV commentator, who is also leaving the show. Moving on, Hasselbeck named Sherri Shepard “my sister in Christ” before turning to Babs and saying how well prepared she feels to join Fox & Friends in the fall because, for the past decade on The View,  “I’ve attended the Barbara Walters School of Broadcasting and Journalism.”

The previous afternoon Hasselbeck announced she was ending her decade as the lone conservative voice on The View and moving to FNC’s morning show in September. She’ll join Steve Doocy and Brian Kilmeade and take the place of Gretchen Carlson, who will helm an as-yet-unnamed one-hour daytime show on the cable news network. Read More »

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Barbara Walters Retirement Official: Video

By | Monday May 13, 2013 @ 9:52am PDT

UPDATED: This is one our Nellie Andreeva told you was going to happen back in March. It became official this morning on The View, the show Barbara Walters co-created. “In the summer of 2014, a year from now, I plan to retire from appearing on television … Read More »

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Barbara Walters To Announce Retirement Tomorrow

By | Sunday May 12, 2013 @ 7:00pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

I’ve learned that Barbara Walters will announce her retirement on The View tomorrow. As we first reported in March, the TV icon this spring made the decision to get off the air after 52 years, and had been mulling the timing of her announcement. It will come tomorrow, in the middle of May sweeps. Walter is expected to leave her duties as The View co-host and ABC News contributor in summer 2014 but will keep some behind-the-camera presence, including serving as executive producer of The View, which she co-created. But before she hangs up her microphone, Walters will host one more 10 Most Fascinating People special and another Oscar special, among other appearances on ABC and her hosting duties on The View. Walters will be given a big sendoff on the network culminating with a retrospective special, likely next May. Read More »

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Barbara Walters Poised To Announce Retirement

By | Thursday March 28, 2013 @ 10:38am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Barbara Walters RetireUPDATED EXCLUSIVE: After years of speculation, I hear Barbara Walters may be finally ready to hand up her microphone. I’ve learned a plan has been put in place for Walters to announce her retirement, eyed for May 2014. Fitting for Walters’ status as the grand dame of TV journalism and a signature face of ABC News, I hear she would be given a big sendoff with retrospectives and other special content in the weeks leading to her retirement that would celebrate her 52-year broadcast career. Walters had been determined to leave on her own terms, so it is unclear whether revealing the plans would make her change her mind and whether she would go for a full retirement or keep some TV presence with occasional appearances and specials.

Walters has been a trailblazer for female TV journalists, becoming the first woman to co-host a news program when she got behind the Today desk in 1974 and the first co-anchor of a network evening news broadcast when she joined ABC Evening News in 1976. She also anchored ABC News’ primetime newsmagazine 20/20 for 20 years. Read More »

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Barbara Walters Returns To ‘The View’ On Monday

By | Tuesday February 26, 2013 @ 10:05am PST

Barbara Walters has been away from her anchor chair on The View since January 22, when she fainted and suffered a concussion the weekend before while on assignment for ABC News at the Presidential Inauguration. She was … Read More »

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UPDATE: Barbara Walters’ Extended Hospital Stay Due To Chicken Pox

By | Monday January 28, 2013 @ 8:30am PST

2ND UPDATE, 8:30 AM: The latest setback comes 10 days after Walters fell and cut her head the night before she was to cover the presidential inauguration for ABC News. She was set to be released last week, but doctors first wanted to get an elevated temperature under control — it turns out that fever was related to chicken pox, which the 83-year-old never had as a child. “So now she’s been told to rest, she’s not allowed any visitors. And we’re telling you, Barbara, no scratching,” Whoopi Goldberg said today on The View. Walters, who was transferred to a NY hospital last week, is expected to be released soon.

UPDATE, JAN 22 AM: Barbara Walters said she expects to be released from the hospital soon after her weekend fall that kept her from covering the inauguration for ABC News. She said today in a statement that she is running a low-grade fever and doctors want to wait until it’s normal before she’s sent home. “Barbara went to Washington to cover the inauguration”, Walters’ The View co-host Whoopi Goldberg said today on the show. “She missed a step and had a fall, which cut her upper temple. The doctors stitched her up and she is doing fine, but they want her to take it easy”. There was no word on when the veteran journalist might return to her network duties. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Barbara Walters’ Dips, ‘Modern Family’ & ‘CSI’ Hit Lows

By | Thursday December 13, 2012 @ 9:29am PST

With former CIA chief David Petraeus topping the list, ABC aired Barbara Walters Presents The 10 Most Fascinating People Of 2012 (2.1/6) at 9:30 PM last night. Ben Affleck, outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and upcoming Oscar host Seth MacFarlane also were among the chosen, but the 90-minute special was down 9% from last year, pulling in 7.66 million viewers Wednesday. Earlier on ABC, The Middle (2.2/7) was down 4% from its December 5 show for a season low. The Neighbors (1.6/4) slipped 16% for a series low. Modern Family (4.2/11) was also down, dipping 11% from its last new show November 28 and tying its season low.

On CBS, Survivor: Philippines (2.8/3) was down 3% from last week’s show. Criminal Minds (3.1/8) actually got a little bump in the other direction from last week: The most watched show of the night with an audience of 11.92 million, the police procedural was up 3% from its December 5 airing. CSI (2.2/6) was down 15% from its last original episode two weeks ago despite its 9.52 million viewers; the rating marks a series low for the 12-year-old procedural. The show’s previous low was a 2.3, which it has hit four times — most recently November 7 of this year. With 10.549 million viewers overall, CBS won the night in total viewers and the adults 18-49 demo. Read More »

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Lindsay Lohan To Sit With Barbara Walters On ’20/20′

By | Monday October 15, 2012 @ 9:53am PDT

The Lindsay Lohan-Barbara Walters interview is scheduled to air November 16 on ABC’s newsmagazine 20/20, just ahead of the premiere of Lifetime’s Liz & Dick, which stars Lohan as Elizabeth Taylor. Walters confirmed the booking this morning on The Read More »

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Barbara Walters Apologizes Over Conflict Of Interest In Landing Syria Interview

By | Tuesday June 5, 2012 @ 6:28pm PDT

Barbara Walters secured the first exclusive American TV interview with Syria president Bashar al-Assad back in December as that nation’s internal strife began to bubble over. Now she has issued an apology after a string of emails surfaced that showed the ABC News icon later attempted to use her influence to gain favor’s for one of Assad’s closest aides, the 22-year-old daughter of Syria’s UN ambassador. According to the UK’s Telegraph, Sheherazad Jaafari, who the New York Times reports Walters said helped secure the Assad interview, stayed in close contact with Walters afterward, and she allegedly asked The View co-host for a job at ABC News. Walters told her that was a conflict, but later she offered to help by sending her resume to Piers Morgan’s show at CNN and reaching out to Columbia School of Journalism professor Richard Wald, the father of Morgan’s CNN executive producer Jonathan Wald. After asking if there was “anything you can do to help” Jaafari gain entrance to the university, the elder Wald replied that he would get the admissions office to “give her special attention”, according to the Telegraph. Read More »

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