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BYE BYE, BABBA WAWA

May 13, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Barbara Walters, who began her network television career in 1961 as a 32-year-old writer on NBC’s Today show and eventually became a celebrity in her own right, parodied by the late comedian Gilda Radner as “Babba Wawa,” has announced that she will retire next year. Her announcement first appeared on the ABC News website Sunday […]

RATINGS PLUMMET FOR WALTERS’S MOST FASCINATING

December 15, 2011 by · 14 Comments 

Maybe it was just a case of the 2011 most fascinating celebrities being less fascinating than those of 2010, but Barbara Walters’s annual The Ten Most Fascinating People of the year saw a 23-percent ratings plunge Wednesday night. While last year’s list included Tiger Woods, Sandra Bullock, LeBron James, the cast of Jersey Shore, Jennifer […]

COURIC STAYS MUM ABOUT FUTURE PLANS

April 13, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

A seemingly awkward moment occurred on the syndicated The View Tuesday, when Barbara Walters, apparently referring to persistent reports that Katie Couric will be leaving as anchor of the CBS Evening News to host a daytime talk show, remarked, “I think you’re doing the right thing.” Couric retorted, “Well, you don’t know what I’m doing, […]

NO FIREWORKS IN PIERS MORGAN DEBUT

January 18, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

At the end of his interview with Oprah Winfrey on the premiere of CNN’s Piers Morgan Tonight, the host asked Winfrey, “How have I done?” Her reply: “You have been surprising.” “Surprisingly bad?” asked Morgan, laughing nervously. “No, just surprising,” Winfrey insisted. TV critics, some of them referring to that exchange, indicated that they, too […]

SAWYER LANDS HUSBAND OF WOUNDED CONGRESSWOMAN

January 17, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Certifying her reputation as queen of the “gets” — especially now that Barbara Walters is, for all intents and purposes, out of the competition — Diane Sawyer has landed the first interview with Mark Kelly, the astronaut husband of wounded Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. ABC said that the interview will air as a special edition of […]

KING’S RATINGS SURGE ON FINALE

December 20, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

For one last time CNN’s Larry King Live was back where it once was as the most-watched cable news show in its time period Thursday night. The finale edged out Hannity on Fox News 2.25 million to 2.24 million. The margin of victory may have been statistically insignificant, but it looked good in the news […]

FIREWORKS AS O’REILLY GUESTS ON THE VIEW

October 15, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

In an unprecedented display of temper between opposing factions on a TV talk show, Joy Behar and Whoopi Goldberg walked off the stage of The View Thursday during an appearance by Fox News commentator Bill O’Reilly. The walkout came after O’Reilly, who was promoting his latest book, Pinheads and Patriots: Where You Stand in the […]