Barbara Walters made me cry.
Friday was Barbara Walters’ last day on “The View”. She will still be the executive producer, but she will no longer co-host.
Barbara Walters journey is interesting, starting from the beginning her of her career in 1962 with co-host Hugh Downs-who wasn’t too thrilled about sharing the spotlight, let alone with a woman.
Many became more familiar with her work on ABC’s 20/20, then in 1997, she created “The View”.
So how did Barbara Walters, known for making people cry during her interviews make ME cry? By reminding me why I went to college and majored in Journalism in the first place. Towards the end her last day of “The View” Friday, the great Oprah Winfrey was there to thank Barbara Walters for inspiring her career and introduced great, impressionable, memorable ladies who came to send Barbara Walters love, well wishes and gratitude through their tears and hugs. I didn’t realize just how many wonderful women we have in the field of Journalism: Katie Couric (60 Mintues. Today and now her own talk show, Katie),Diane Sawyer(one of my favorite journalists, was once a member of President Richard Nixon’s staff, Good Morning America and ABC World News), Jane Pauly(Today, Dateline NBC), Joan Lunden(Television host, Good Morning America), Connie Chung(Television news anchor, interviewer and wife of Maury Povich), Robin Roberts(whom I wanted to be like when I first majored in Journalism, ESPN, Good Morning America),Kathie Lee Gifford(before there was Regis and Kelly, there was Regis and Kathie Lee, Name that Tune, Today), Maria Shriver(not just a Kennedy and wife of Arnold Schwarzenegger, NBC news correspondent) and Lisa Ling(The View, National Geographic,) and many more were there, standing in line hugging a tearful Barbara Walters.
“…These are my legacy” Barbara Walters said about the women. “A Bientot“, French for “see you later” -are the words what Barbara Walters chose instead of the word “goodbye”, after giving the world some of the best Journalism and interviews for over 50 years.
“When all of that is done, I can take sometime an enjoy my view”-Barbara Walters