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 at all”, she said after showing a clip montage of her 52 years in the business. “It has been an absolutely joyful, rewarding, challenging, fascinating and occasionally bumpy ride. And I wouldn’t change a thing. I’m perfectly healthy. This is my decision. I’ve been thinking about it a long time. This is what I want to do”. She added: “I will come back, I’m not going into the sunset.” Walters said she will continue as executive producer of The View with Bill Geddie. (Continued below)
Disney’s Bob Iger was one of several Disney and ABC brass on hand for the announcement. “What are we going to do?” Walters asked the chairman and CEO during the show (Iger is retiring in 2015). “The two of us love to dance”, he responded. “I say we go on Dancing With The Stars”. ABC Television Group president Anne Sweeney, ABC News president Ben Sherwood and ABC Entertainment president Paul Lee joined Iger to watch Walters say goodbye.
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 »
UPDATED 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 »
The ladies ofThe View made quite a few headlines last week, with Joy Behar announcing her decision to leave the daytime talk show after almost 17 years, and Elisabeth Hasselbeck raising a storm of speculation that she will be out too. The View‘s co-creator/executive producer/matriarch Barbara Walters addressed the later at the top of the show today. “There is a particularly false story that keeps getting picked up about Elisabeth’s alleged departure, saying we don’t approve of her conservative views,” Walters said. “The truth is, we love Elisabeth… We value and appreciate her point of view. She helps give this show perspective and balance… So we have no plans for Elisabeth to leave this show.” But Walters didn’t shut the door on the rumors completely, saying she and exec producer Bill Geddie won’t stop any of the co-stars who “make the choice to leave.” Hasselbeck had been on the chopping block for the past couple of weeks, with ABC reportedly even considering potential replacements. Read More »
The expected revamp on The View is happening — the rumored ouster of co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck appears to be a done deal. She would join veteran co-host Joy Behar who announced she was leaving the … Read More »
UPDATE 4:15 PM: ABC just released to Deadline a statement about Joy Behar’s exit from The View. “Joy Behar has been instrumental in the success of The View from the very beginning. We wish her all the best in this next chapter, and are thrilled that we have her for the remainder of the season.”
EXCLUSIVE3:25 PM: After 16 and a half years on The View, Joy Behar is departing ABC’s long-running daytime talk show. I hear Behar’s contract is up in August and she has informed the network that she will not renew it as she is looking to move on to other things, including hosting a new interview show. Behar is the last original cast member of The View besides co-creator/executive producer Barbara Walters who is still on the panel. The two started off alternating as the fourth co-host before Behar was named a full-time co-host. In a phone interview, Behar said she felt 16.5 years on The View were enough. “It seemed like the right time,” she said. “You reach a point when you say to yourself, ‘Do I want to keep doing this?’ There are other things on my plate I want to do — I’ve been writing a play, I’ve been neglecting my standup.” And following stints hosting her own shows on HLN and now Current TV, which will end with the network’s takeover by Al Jazeera, Behar is ready to do it again. “I do like talk shows, I’m interested in talking to people,” she said. “I want to do an intelligent talk show where you have room to breath.” Will that show be on CNN following reports of Behar meeting with new CNN topper Jeff Zucker? Behar would not elaborate beyond saying that she indeed had “a positive meeting” with Zucker and that “CNN would be great place” for her next show. Read More »
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 »
The Democrats beat the Republican in the TV talk battle yesterday. President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama’s first joint visit to The View pulled in 4.3 million viewers, the highest viewership the ABC daytime talk show has seen since President Obama appeared solo on the show May 15 and the second-highest it has drawn since May 2011. The show also had four-month highs in key demos: up 30% among total viewers and 34% in adults 18-49 season-to-date. Yesterday’s show garnered 1.1 million adults 18-49 and a 0.9 rating, 1.4 million viewers and a 1.2 rating in adults 25-54, 793,000 viewers and a 1.2 rating in women 18-49, and 1 million viewers and a 1.7 rating in women 25-54.
President Obama and Michelle Obama will appear next Tuesday as part of The View‘s Red, White & View campaign featuring political guests and discussions. This will be the first joint appearance for the Obamas on the ABC talker but is the president’s fifth visit, coming just over a week after his seventh visit to Late Show With David Letterman. That same day, Ann Romney will be making her first appearance on a late-night talk show on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno, NBC announced today. Meanwhile, View co-host Whoopi Goldberg is firing back at Mitt Romney over leaked remarks he made about appearing on The View, before he agreed yesterday to return as a guest sometime in October. Read More »
The Republican standard-bearer is heading back into self-described “high risk” territory. “The Governor has been to The View and we have had a wonderful visit. And his team confirms this morning that the Romneys would once again love to join the sharp-tongued chatter in October,” said View co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck reading a statement from the campaign today on the air. In the recently released video of Romney talking to contributors at a private fundraiser back in May, the candidate characterized appearing on the Barbara Walters-led show as having limited value for his campaign. “The View is high-risk because of the five women on it, only one is conservative and four are sharp-tongued and not conservative. Whoopi Goldberg in particular,” said Romney in the video, which has garnered controversy on a variety of fronts this week. Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Elisabeth Hasselbeck has signed with WME, where Jim Ornstein will handle The View co-host’s representation. Hasselback had been with Babette Perry at IMG, but sources say the former Survivor contestant had become unhappy with the way … Read More »
President Obama’s visit to The View on Tuesday gave the show a 15-month ratings high. His appearance drew a 5/15, attracting 4.7 million viewers. It was his fourth visit to the ABC morning talk show and the first of his re-election campaign. Today, Barbara Walters announced that the show has extended an invitation to presumed Republication nominee Mitt Romney to appear; he has appeared previously.
Katie Couric’s deal with ABC starts on August 1. Two days later, she will be on the network’s air as a guest co-host on ABC’s daytime talk show The View, ABC just announced. That will get Couric on daytime viewers’ … Read More »
Funny man Stephen Colbert channeled his idol Bill “Papa Bear” O’Reilly in his faceoff with The View co-hosts today in a segment capped by a “Whoopi Goldberg/Joy Behar” moment, in which Colbert briefly walked off the stage.
A lot calmer View co-hosts spent 4 minutes today reminiscing about Joy Behar and Whoopi Goldberg’s infamous walk-off during the interview with Bill O’Reilly on Thursday. “On this show, we all talk about standing up to bigotry, so I stood out,” was Behar’s comment. “I hit my saturation point… I … Read More »