Barbara Walters said goodbye to ‘The View’ on Friday, May 16, in a star-studded farewell episode. In honor of Barbara’s retirement, we look back on some of her greatest career moments.
Barbara Walters has interviewed some of our favorite stars — Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga and The Kardashians — but her greatest moments have far surpassed entertainment. In her five decade reign on TV, Barbara has interviewed world leaders, politicians and, of course, Hollywood A-listers. Keep reading for Barbara’s best career moments.
Barbara Walters Exits ‘The View’ — Her Biggest Career Moments
Barbara Walters is a pioneer in American media. Barbara paved the way for female journalists and changed the scope of daytime television. Working on the Today show and 20/20 in the 1960’s and ’70s, Barbara was named the show’s first female co-host in 1974. Here are some of Barbara’s best and most significant moments.
Barbara becomes co-anchor os ABC Evening News in 1976: Barbara was named co-anchor of Today in 1974, but she made a huge statement, leaving the show in 1976 to co-anchor the ABC Evening News, as the first-ever female evening news anchor. Barbara was granted a seven-figure salary!
Barbara interviews Fidel Castro: Barbara interviewed Cuban dictator, Fidel Castro, in 1977 and it was an extremely controversial, pivotal moment. Her first of two interviews with Fidel over the course of her career, the world was given a one-on-one view on his beliefs of communism, his own death and the U.S. embargo.
Barbara interviews Katharine Hepburn: Barbara famously asked actress, Katharine Hepburn, “what tree are you” in 1981 and it quickly gained buzz.
Barbara interviews Monica Lewinsky: Barbara interviewed Monica Lewinsky after her scandal with Bill Clinton. Monica admitted that she was never going to talk about her relationship with the President, but then she was told to save the now-infamous dress, as evidence of her affair.
Barbara Walters launches The View: In 1997, Barbara created The View, which put a panel of women on daytime TV. 17 seasons later, the show is still a huge hit, and Barbara will be missed from the series, which now has Whoopi Goldberg, Sherri Shepherd and Jenny McCarthy at the helm.
HollywoodLifers, will you miss Barbara from The View? Let us know what your all-time favorite Barbara moment is!
— Elizabeth Wagmeister