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Barbara Walters Announces Her Final Airdate On THE VIEW May 16th!

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This morning on ABC’s The View, Barbara Walters made a special announcement that was emotional in many ways as the TV icon is departing The View as co-host on Friday May 16th.   As Walters had told the audience last spring that in a year she would be saying goodbye and that time is almost is next month.

Walters who is 84, will be given all sorts of salutes including a two-hour special highlighting her life and career on ABC, from 9-11 p.m. ET on May 16th.

She will continue to executive produce The View, and will be a “lifelong member of ABC News, contributing as news warrants,” Walters told the audience this morning.  ABC News Headquarters in New York City will be named in Walter’s honor during a dedication ceremony that will take place this spring.  The View will toast Walters’ career with a week-long celebration beginning on Monday May 12th.

“I don’t want to get too weepy,” she said.  “I love being on with the two of you,” Walters said about her co-hosts Jenny McCarthy and Sherri Shepherd, and then went on to say about Whoopi Goldberg, “I cannot tell you how much emotion and love I have for Whoopi and admiration.”

Walters said she feels “sad” knowing there are about 30 episodes left for her, but added “It feels right for me. I love this show. I  love what we’ve done.  Itwill continue without me.  But I also know that it’s time.  I don’t want people to say, ‘Is she still here?'”

What do you think about the news that next month it’s finally official, Barbara Walters is exiting The View and in to what would seem semi-retirement?  Comment below!

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Babs should have retired years ago, the woman is senile. LOL.

LMAO…Sad to say but I find and always have found her to be a quite annoying little old lady..

She looks wonderful for 84 . She is still a vitally strong woman. God bless her. We should all have her looks and stamina into our 80’s. Having no money worries helps too.

LMAO, Barbara Walters is very annoying and a has been.

@Jessica…She may be…or have gotten…annoying but she’s far from a has-been. The woman is a pioneer for females in media…has a prestigious background…has interviewed everyone from foreign dignitaries to local politicians, royalty, celebrities…has traveled the world. Very accomplished woman. Still is.

and Jessica… hopefully one day you will reach 84… and perhaps have some respect for elders.

I agree. It will be sad too… I liked her being around and her shows ever since i was a kid…. 50 now and hope to make life as long and healthy as she has.

Cheers Barbara !

She is an amazing woman and for 84 is remarkable! Think of the long hours it takes to prepare for a show, non the less get up, get ready, and have the energy to do it every day. 84! think about it a moment.

In addition, it must be very hard for her to acknowledge that it’s time to retire. WE ALL want to stay relevant in todays world don’t we? Imagine how it feels at 84 ? It must have been a tough emotional decision to make. The question looming in her mind…what next…. at 84… it would be tough to think there is an encore to match what she has accomplished over the years.

Thanks Barbra, you have been a true inspiration…may be all have the chance to someday, at 84, feel..hmmm maybe its time to retire! HATS OFF! 🙂

Amen!

Barbra deserves all the kudos she receives!!

Is “The View” a soap opera? Did BW ever appear on a soap opera? Does she or has she ever watched a soap opera? Can she name the 4 remaining network soaps? Does she know which soap is on her network? If the answer is no to all those questions, then Barbara Walters should check into General Hospital.

You know, I have to agree – even this page Site is getting to the point where it’s not (strictly) about the soaps – 2013 was a roller coaster ride for fans of ABC’s All My Children and One Life to Live – between the short lived on-line revivals of both and the swift downward spiral and ATROCIOUS behavior of Prospect Park which many of us will never forgive not forget – and what the heck does Barbara Walters of The View have to do with ANY of this – and frankly, no disrespect intended to her but really who gives a rat’s rear end if she retires, she must have more money than any newscaster, and when these people put up money to save some of our soaps, maybe then I’ll care.

I wish Barbara Walters all the best in her life.Plus i could see her doing specials from time to time.

Barbara Walters is a great news/reporter and has brought us many great interviews with some of the worlds most powerful people..

The View is nothing but old hens clucking for an hour about gossip and unimportant stuff..
My grandpa would call The View the Hen House … 🙂

Your grandpa was wise. Lol. Listening to a bunch of women clucking about politics and religion, when none of them had a clue what they were talking about on either subject grew more shrill and grating with each passing year. Consider some of the hostesses…Rosie…jenny…Sherri….do any of them honestly expect or believe that anyone cares about their take on serious world events is?? LOL. As for Barbara….she admitted in her own book, her own words, and different times on air…that she slept her way to the top. Now for any of you who are going to attack me or call me rude….please remember….she admitted this in print and on national television. She rambles on about all her affairs…several with married men…and sounds quite proud of it. She is long past relevance and retirement. For all being a “good journalist” is worth (being a mouthpiece for pre scripted material and being forced to read it off a teleprompter) …I guess she was one. Her probing and often awkward questions to celebrities were sometimes quite entertaining in an uncomfortable way, so I do want to thank her for that. And she looks real good for her age. So all the best to Babs!!

At 84 yrs old and still in the business, she deserves the recognition. I wish her all the best!

All praise to Barbara Walters and her 50 year broadcasting career. Too often we forget the role of the female journalist that she entered back then. She was expected to report on Jackie Kennedy’s hats, rather than hard news (i.e. Cuban Missile Crisis). From those days and with much adversity, Barbara has carved out the role of a female journalist (heck, she also helped shape the quality of journalism in general). She is well deserving of the hoopla and honors, which will be bestowed upon her. Having said that, it is time for her to walk away from The View. I’ll leave it at that, in kindness to Ms. Walters.

While I no longer watch anything on the alphabet network, I must acknowledge Barbara Walters for her amazing career. She is a television pioneer. Her accomplishments helped secure a place for women in journalism and women in the business world in general. While the nay sayers threw obstacle after obstacle at her, she persevered, held her head high and delivered high quality reporting year after year. Thank you Ms. Walters for your hard work, your perseverance, and for helping sharp the broadcast industry. I wish you tremendous happiness and peace in your retirement.

No offense meant here, but regarding this topic I only have three words. IT’S ABOUT TIME.

Meant AGREE!!!!

She will be missed. PLEASE DO NOT bring Rosie back……. Enjoy the show. Need to educate Jenny somewhat.

good luck – enjoy your retirement- take in a few soaps!

“this is just a snippet of OUR Babs on the horizon”

I sing the body electric
I celebrate the me yet to come
I toast to my own reunion
When I become one with the sun

And I’ll look back on Venus
I’ll look back on Mars
And I’ll burn with the fire of ten million stars
And in time
And in time
We will all be stars

Dear Lord : doesn’t Babs pause for refrain… she listens to herself.. more than any one else does

good Lord! honestly… Move Babs

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Justin Hartley Talks on Wife and Y&R Alum, Sofia Pernas’, Upcoming Role in ‘Tracker’

Coming up, you can catch two Y&R alums for the price of one in the sixth episode of the first season of the new CBS drama, Tracker.

Justin Hartley (ex-Adam Newman, Y&R) stars as Colter Shaw and in the premise of Tracker, Colter grew up in a survivalist family, helps private citizens and law enforcement find missing loved ones. There is also a mystery involving the death of his father at the hands of some government agency, or possibly his older brother, when Colter was 15 that plays into the backstory.

In a recent interview with the Hollywood Reporter, Hartley reveals that his real-life wife, Sofia Pernas, who played the role of Marissa Sierras on The Young and the Restless, will be appearing on the show.

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Hartley previewed Sofia’s appearance, “Sofia is coming in episode six. She is a blast from the past. Colter had a relationship with her, and they were kind of in the reward business together. And then she sold him down the river. It wasn’t great. And so, they had a schism that happened in their relationship, and she comes back into his life for a certain reason and they’re forced to work together in a way to get to a common goal.”

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While Justin and Sofia are happily married in real-life, from Hartley’s tease, it doesn’t look like their Tracker alter-egos will end up the same way! Justin shared, “By the time you get to episode six, you will see this is outside of Colter’s comfort zone. There is obviously an attraction there, but something that happened that is very sad.”

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The episode featuring Sofia entitled “Lexington” will air sometime in March. We will keep you updated as to the specific date when it becomes available. Make sure to watch Tracker Sunday night on CBS and streaming on Paramount+ beginning at 9pm ET.

Looking forward to seeing Justin and Sofia together on-screen on ‘Tracker’? Comment below.

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Daytime Stars We Lost Remembered in 2024 SAG Awards In-Memoriam Tribute

On Saturday night at the 30th annual SAG Awards streaming on Netflix, several stars from the world of soap opera were remembered in a very moving In-Memoriam segment.

Honoring those actors we lost this past year, and set to the song “How do I Say Goodbye” by Dean Lewis, the screen was filled with so many heartbreaking losses.

Those who were remembered in the tribute included: Bill Hayes (Doug, Days of our Lives), Ellen Holly (Carla, One Life to Live), Nicolas Coster (Lionel, Santa Barbara et al), Tyler Christopher (Nikolas, GH, Stefan DAYS), Billy Miller (Billy, Y&R and Drew, GH), Sharon Farrell (Flo, Y&R), Arlene Sorkin (Calliope, DAYS), Kamar de los Reyes (Antonio, OLTL), Jeffrey Carlson (Zoe/Zarf, AMC) and Mark Goddard (Ted, OLTL).

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Other notable stars who passed away and were included in the tribute were: Chita Rivera, Andre Braugher, Suzanne Somers, and Matthew Perry.

Before the video package was played, actress Naomi Watts took to the stage and shared, “We have lost so many extraordinary actors in the past year, but because they touched the world with their talent, we all share their loss. To those of us who worked with them, alongside them, we feel their loss and their absence deeply.”

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She added, “Of course their memory will live on in our recollections of the precious time we shared together — and through their work, their performances captured in countless frames of images, ever ready to dance across the screen and come to life again, if only for a while.”

What did you think of the In-Memoriam Tribute at the 2024 SAG Awards and seeing a lot of familiar faces being included who represent the soaps? Comment. below.

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‘Blue Mountain State’ Sequel Series Being Shopped, Darin Brooks Expected Back & ‘Reacher’s’ Alan Ritchson

The Bold and the Beautiful favorite and Daytime Emmy winner, Darin Brooks (ex-Wyatt) looks to be set to reprise his signature role in the upcoming sequel to the comedy series, Blue Mountain State that is currently being shopped.

According to Deadline, a couple likely destinations for the reboot would be Amazon, where another series star Alan Ritchson headlines the hit show Reacher, and Netflix, where Blue Mountain State found cult status following its initial three seasons on Spike TV. Ritchson is attached to this project.

In the original series premise back in 2010, Blue Mountain State told the tales of three incoming freshman played by Darin Brooks, Alan Ritchson and Chris Romano try to adapt to college life while juggling football, girls, classes and of course nonstop hazing.

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Darin Brooks played Alex Moran, the quarterback of the Mountain Goats, while Ritchson played Kevin “Thad” Castle the team captain and co-creator Chris Romano who played Sammy Cacciatore, the school’s mascot, and Alex’s roommate.

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In 2016, the movie Blue Mountain State: The Rise of Thadland, continued the story and was funded by a kickstarter campaign with Brooks, Ritchson and Roman all reprising their roles.

During Darin Brooks recent livestream conversation with the Michael Fairman Channel not only did he address his exit from B&B, but his role on Blue Mountain State. You can check it out below.

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