The View presenters past and present celebrate the life of Barbara Walters

The View presenters past and present celebrate the life of Barbara Walters

The View presenters past and present celebrate the life of Barbara Walters

The past and present presenters of the American news program The View have come together to pay tribute to Barbara Walters, following her death at the age of 93.

The presenter, who created the ABC show in 1977, was hailed as a “unique” journalist who “challenged sexism and ageism” by her colleagues.

The news of his death was announced by the network on December 30.

On Tuesday, hosts like Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Debbie Matenopoulos and Lisa Ling reunited for a special episode to celebrate her life and legacy.

“If it wasn’t for her, I don’t know where most of us would be,” Goldberg said at the top of the show.

“There was no one like her. There is no one like her and like all firsts, she is the first and there are many duplicates but there will never be another Barbara Walters.

“She really challenged sexism and ageism,” Behar said.

“He walked into the lion’s jaws… and started The View when he was 68, very few people start a new career at that age.

“She had no mentors or role models because she was the original role model for everyone else. So we have to give a lot of credit to the woman.

“She was not just a friend to us, but she was unique and very important to the industry.”

Matenopoulos said Walters had “single-handedly changed my life.”

“He was a 22-year-old journalism student at New York University when he chose me to sit next to him on this show.

“It was like taking a master class in journalism with the most respected and recognized journalist in history. It was incredible.”

“I owe him everything.”

The rest of Tuesday’s episode of The View featured multiple segments dedicated to Walters, with clips from his nearly four decades of work.

During his time at ABC and before that at NBC, Walters had exclusive interviews with rulers, royals and entertainers, including former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prince Charles before he became king.

Following the news of his death, Hollywood tributes poured in from famous faces including Oprah Winfrey, Reece Witherspoon, Hugh Jackman and Sir Paul McCartney.

Sir Paul, whose wife, Nancy Shevell, was Walters’s cousin, said that Walters was an “incredible woman” who had “more than championed the early days of male-dominated television”.

“We will miss her but we will always remember her with great affection,” he wrote on Instagram.

American talk show host Winfrey also wrote on Instagram: “Without Barbara Walters there would have been no me, nor any other woman you see on the evening, morning and everyday news.

“She was actually a Trailblazer. I did my first TV audition with her in mind the whole time.

“Grateful that she was such a powerful and kind role model.

“Grateful to have met her.

“Grateful to have followed in your Light.”

Walters’ publicist, Cindi Berger, told the Associated Press that she had died “peacefully at home surrounded by her loved ones.”

“She lived her life with no regrets. She was a trailblazer not just for women journalists, but for all women,” said Ms. Berger.

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