Diane Sawyer,Anderson Cooper,Oprah Winfrey,Matt Lauer, and Robin Roberts can secretly celebrate. Barbara Waters Retires May 14th.

By CityFella

Barbara Jill Walters has been in front of the camera for more than 50 years, interviewing Kings, Queens, and Bieber’s.  She gets the interviews other journalist ,would sell their souls for.

Last week, she interviewed V. for Vannessa Stivano at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills.   She also met with Donald Sterling, who decided against an on air interview Friday. 

In 1997, she and long time business partner Bill Geddie created “TheView” where she is not only the co-executive producer, she is a part time host.  This was the first time america saw an unscripted, sometimes frazzled Barbara.   The View made her approachable.

Hello Your Life is Calling? 

On the May 10, 2010, episode of The View BW announced  she would be undergoing open heart surgery to replace a faulty aortic valve. Walters said she knew for quite a while that she was suffering from aortic valve stenosis, even though she was symptom-free.   She took four months off. 

Early last year, Barbara Walters fell on a stair and cut her forehead at a party held at the British Ambassador’s residence.  She was in Washington D.C to cover President Obama’s second inauguration.

By March, there was speculation from media outlets she was retiring  May 2014.    BW  did not confirm or deny.

On May 13, she publicly announced she was retiring from television hosting and interviewing in May 2014.   She will continue as “The View’s” executive producer for as long as it’s on the air.

It isn’t easy being First

Barbara’s life is filled with first’s.  She opened the door for women in TV journalism.  Those doors were difficult, she made less, was criticized more often and humiliated for being a woman in what was considered a man field.

She has been criticized for being driven.  I think that comes from pain.

Barbara Walters and Nigel Kippling

Nigel Kipping is a fictional character originally created by Lauren Weisberger and altered by Peter Hedges  for the book and screenplay “The Devil Wears Prada” 

“In the movie Nigel say’s”

‘This is the first time in 18 years I’m going to be able to call the shots in my own life.”     ” I’m going to be able to come to Paris and actually see Paris.” 

BW , has traveled the world.  I suspect her home is filled with many souvenirs. But how much of the world she has actually seen?

Diane Sawyer, Anderson Cooper, Oprah Winfrey, Matt Lauer, and Robin Roberts 

Can finally exhale, the queen is retiring.  Yes, you love, honor and respect her.

Let’s hope Donald Sterling or the next news maker can wait ten days.

For next 9 days, you will continue to do, what you have always done, gnash your teeth.



Published by CityFella

Big city fella, Born and Raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. Lived in New York (a part time New Yorker) for three years . I have lived in the Sacramento area since 1993. When I first moved here, I hated it. Initially found the city too conservative for my tastes. A great place to raise children however too few options for adults . The city has grown up, there is much to do here. The city suffers from low self esteem in my opinion, locals have few positive words to say about their hometown. visitors and transplants are amazed at what they find here. From, the grand old homes in Alkali Flats, and the huge trees in midtown, there are many surprises in Sacramento. Theater is alive is this area . And finally ,there is a nightlife... In.downtown midtown, for the young and not so young. My Criticism is with local government. There is a shortage of visionaries in city hall. Sacramento has long relied on the state, feds and real estate for revenue. Like many cities in America,Downtown Sacramento was the hub of activity in the area. as the population moved to the suburbs and retail followed. The city has spent millions to revive downtown. Today less than ten thousand people live downtown. No one at city hall could connect the dots. Population-Retail. Business says Sacramento is challenging and many corporations have chosen to set up operations outside the cities limits. There is vision in the burbs. Sacramento has bones, there are many good pieces here, leaders seem unable or unwilling to put those pieces together into. Rant aside, I love it here. From the trees to the rivers. But its the people here that move me. Sacramento is one of the most integrated cities in America. I find I'm welcome everywhere. The spices work in this city of nearly 500,000 and for the most part these spices blend well together. From Ukrainians to Hispanics and a sizable gay community, all the spices seem to work well here. I frequently travel and occasionally I will venture into a city with huge racial borders, where its unsafe to visit after certain hours. I haven't found it here. I cant imagine living in a community where there is one hue or one spice. I love the big trees, Temple Coffee House, the Alhambra Safeway, Zelda's Pizza, Bicyclist in Midtown, The Mother Lode Saloon, Crest Theater, and the Rivers. I could go on and I might. Sacramento is home.

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