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Barbara Walters Announces Her Retirement On THE VIEW!

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After last night’s headlines news that ABC’s Barbara Walters was going to announce her retirement on this morning’s episode of The View, she did just that.

After 50 years in the business and at age 83,  Walters told the audience in attendance and the viewers at home the following:  “In the summer of 2014, a year from now, I plan to retire from appearing on television at all. It has been an absolutely joyful, rewarding, challenging, fascinating and occasionally bumpy ride. And I wouldn’t change a thing. I’m perfectly healthy. This is my decision. I’ve been thinking about it a long time. This is what I want to do.”

As for The View, she said she would continue as co-executive producer with Geddie “as long as the program is aired.” She said she’ll “come back” at times. “I’m not walking into the sunset.”   But, she clarified, “I don’t want to appear on another program. I don’t want to climb another mountain. I want instead to sit in a sunny field and admire the very gifted women — and ok, some men, too — who will be taking my place.”   She added, “I’ve had an amazing career — beyond anything I could have imagined.”

When Elisabeth Hasselbeck asked about making the decision, Walters said, “I know it’s time. I want to leave when people are still saying, ‘Why is she leaving?’ instead of ‘Why doesn’t she leave!?”

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A clip package was shown of Barbara’s remarkable career including her famous and crossing of the Bay of Pigs to interview Fidel Castro and her 1999 interview with Monica Lewinsky.  Walters looked teary as the audience gave her a standing ovation.

What do you think of the new of Walters retiring? Will you continue to watch The View with all the turmoil of the changing of many of the hosts?  Weigh-in!

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Ces
Ces

It’s about time. who cares?

clh
clh

I agree. She’s a pompous bore as far as I am concerned. Have never liked her and always thought she was over rated.

Ces
Ces

Ditto!! She seems like someone you’d really want to watch your back with because she’d stick a knife in it.. Retire already.

Patrick
Patrick

there had to be many behind the scenes eschewing.. between all these ladies…

Barbara seems SO well “rehearsed”… like she was preserving herself. LOL.

go out before judgment day Babs… be real.

Ces
Ces

LOL! Yeah, I’m pretty sure you’re right. Something never sat right with
me & this woman. Don’t think she’s as nice as she may appear sometimes.

Patrick
Patrick

Thank Goodness! Blah, Blah, Blah…

overstaying your welcome.

Babs… grab a tissue.

Kathy
Kathy

I wish they would all retire.

heidi
heidi

I am so sorry… but who cares.

Renee
Renee

Wow, retire already we don’t need a year of goodbyes.

Charday
Charday

I’d like The View to totally clean house. And bring in some men while you’re at it, ABC.

Jovin
Jovin

I say it‘s about time. This is a woman who slept her way to her position. She admits this in her book…her numerous affairs with men…married and otherwise. I am not sure the reason she felt compelled to include those lurid details in her book, but she did. I am not judging her, and she has worked very hard over the years, but I don‘t feel she is relevant anymore…and her line of questioning is invasive, abrasive, and often embarrassing. She had her day in the sun and it is time to pack it in. She is a mouthpiece for whichever President happens to be in power, and she attempts to appear impartial just fall flat. I wish her all the best but have been waiting for this announcement for YEARS!

jeff
jeff

Why are people so rude. barbara walters is a well known respected icon. people who are making negative comments just need to shut up and mind there own business. people are so cruel and jealous of barbara walters. have a good retirement barbara. you daserve it.

Onlymy2cents
Onlymy2cents

I’m sorry to see her go myself. To me she represents the first top female in her field. She also represents journalism standards from years past to me. I remember a time when you were unbiased as a reporter or newsperson. Now a days the news is reported so biased in favor of the NETWORKS biases that its hard to get a bead on the truth no matter who says it on the news. So, I go digging for my news outside the U.S.

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Jessica Tuck Returns This Week To General Hospital

There will be a Cassandra Pierce sighting in Port Charles, which means one of the best actresses we know, Jessica Tuck, will be back on your screens this week on ABC’s General Hospital.

Tuck, who became soap-famous for her role as Megan on One Life to Live from 1988-1992 and then went on to primetime television roles returns to the canvas as the evil Cassandra, a role she debuted on GH back in 2017.  Viewers last saw her pop during Michael (Chad Duell) and Sasha’s (Sofia Matteson)vacation.

But this time look for Tuck to mix-it up with GH icon Genie Francis (Laura) in some major showdown scenes, when she holds the mayor and Curtis (Donnell Turner) at gunpoint on the Haunted Star.  Will these two be able to get the on-the-run villainess locked up for good? Don’t necessarily count on it.

Of course, a man who both Cassandra and Laura have an interest in bringing down, Valentin Cassadine (James Patrick Stuart) plays heavy into the story. But will Cassandra do a double-cross of a double-cross? Who else may get a dose of something potentially lethal that she has been concocting?

Jessica told Soap Opera Digest that when she found out she would be working with Genie Francis; “I was like Woo-hoo! Hot diggity!  I mean, like many people, I have been a fan of hers forever and ever and ever.  It was fun to meet the person behind the character I’ve gotten to know.”

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So, excited to know Cassandra is back in Port Charles? What do you hope happens next for her, Laura, Curtis and Valentin? Comment below.

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Judith Light Receives Her Star On The Hollywood Walk of Fame

This week on Thursday, Judith Light was honored with the 2,673rd star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in a ceremony attended by many of her beloved friends, longtime business associates who were instrumental in her career, and former or current castmates, and of course, her husband, Robert Desiderio  (Ex-Steve Piermont, OLTL).

The two-time Daytime Emmy winner for her powerhouse performance as Karen Wolek on One Life to Live, and a two-time Tony Award winner for her work in Other Desert Cities and The Assembled Parties was given her star on the legendary walk on Hollywood Blvd for her incredibly successful and enduring career in television, movies and the theatre.

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Speaking to the crowd in honor of Judith’s big day was her Ugly Betty co-star, America Ferrera as well as Transparent creator, Jill Soloway. Broadway producer Daryl Roth, Light’s Transparent co-stars: Amy Landecker, Kathryn Hahn, Jay Duplass and Gaby Hoffman, David Steinberg, and former Ugly Betty co-star Ana Ortiz, were all on-hand.  In addition, Judith’s longtime friend and former on-screen One Life to Live sister, Brynn Thayer (Ex-Jenny Wolek) attended to celebrate this moment with Judith.

In her speech, Light thanked everyone along the way at all the shows and stages she has appeared on and more including: One Life to Live, Who’s the Boss? ABC and of course, her current series Transparent, as well as producer Ryan Murphy with whom she first worked with as Marilyn Miglin in The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, a role which earned Judith a Primetime Emmy nomination.  Light will next be seen in Murphy’s Netflix series, The Politician with Bette Midler and Ben Platt.

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Judith expressed to all that helped her have a successful career: “The fact is, if you were not in my life, the dream of this little girl sitting alone in her room in Trenton, N.J., reading plays and acting out Shakespeare passages, would never have come to pass. All of you have made and are continuing to make the powerful difference in my life and the lives of so many others  So, I say to all of you with deep and profound gratitude, thank you.  You remind me of who we all really and truly are. We are each other’s star.”

Watch Judith Light’s Hollywood Walk of Fame induction ceremony below.  Then let us know, what you think of Judith finally receiving her star via the comment section below.


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Kelly Clarkson and Tamron Hall Talkers Debut With Strong Ratings; Hall On GH Friday

The newest talk shows in the daytime arena premiered on Monday and their initial ratings were quite strong. First up was the premiere of Grammy-winner, Kelly Clarkson and her new series The Kelly Clarkson Show.

According to Variety: the NBCUniversal new daytime series scored a 1.9 household metered market rating and a 6 share in the 56 metered markets. That is the highest debut for a new syndicated show since 2012.

Elsewhere, Disney’s Tamron Hall posted a 1.4 household rating and a 5 share, and with that Tamron scored the highest other debut other than Clarkson in the past five years.

Nashville was the most successful and predicted market for Clarkson, the show scored a 5.97 household rating on its premiere day which climbed 7% to a 6.41 on Tuesday.

Hall will be promoting her show with a cameo appearance on this Friday’s episode of General Hospital where she appears in scenes with Ingo Rademacher (Jax).

In a tweet Tamron also promised that on Friday’s episode of her talker she will talk about her “longgggggg #GH love and history.”

So, have you checked out the new Kelly Clarkson or Tamron Hall Shows? What do you think of them? Comment below.

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