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.




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