NEW YORK – Oprah Winfrey and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton surprised Barbara Walters on Thursday as the legendary newswoman taped her final edition of The View to end a five-decade career on television.
Actor Michael Douglas, a longtime friend and frequent subject for Walters’ interviews, also dropped by for the tribute, which aired Friday on ABC.
The 84-year-old Walters was presiding over a studio audience of friends, colleagues and fans on hand to witness a bit of history.
You shattered the glass ceiling for so many women, said Winfrey, who then brought on a startling parade of them, some two dozen prominent on-air women including Diane Sawyer, Katie Couric, Robin Roberts, Gayle King, Connie Chung and Joan Lunden.
You are my legacy, Walters, visibly moved, said to them as they crowded around her onstage.
I have to remember this on the bad days, Walters said quietly, because this is the best.
– Associated Press