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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!?”

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
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Ces

It’s about time. who cares?

clh
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Patrick

Thank Goodness! Blah, Blah, Blah…

overstaying your welcome.

Babs… grab a tissue.

Kathy
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Kathy

I wish they would all retire.

heidi
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heidi

I am so sorry… but who cares.

Renee
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Renee

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

Charday
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Charday

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

Jovin
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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… Read more »

jeff
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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
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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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‘Santa Barbara’ & GH Favorite Judith McConnell Virtual Interview On Tap

You loved her as Sophia Capwell on Santa Barbara, and the troublemaking Augusta McLeod on General Hospital, plus several other soap roles, and now fan favorite Judith McConnell is set for a virtual interview in The Locher Room.

Look for Judith to chat it up with host, Alan Locher on the upcoming Friday, October 23rd edition of the You Tube series beginning at at 3 p.m. EST / 12 p.m. PST.

As well as being known for her soap roles on SB and GH, Judith also played Valerie Conway on As the World Turns, Miranda Bishop on Another World and Eva Vasquez on  and One Life to Live.

In primetime, McConnell has appeared on Star Trek, Dragnet, Beverly Hillbillies, Mayberry RFD, Green Acres, Mannix and more.

To watch the livestream click here.

So, what has been your favorite Judith McConnell role in her illustrious daytime career? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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Sarah Joy Brown Directs Haley Pullos, Carolyn Hennesy, Eric Martsolf in New ‘Red Riding Hoods’ Podcast

What happens when a team of “Final Girls” (sole survivors of horrific mass murders) join forces to hunt malevolent entities while uncovering the apocalyptic conspiracy uniting them? Well, you have to listen to the brand new Horror Podcast Network’s latest offering Red Riding Hoods to find out. But here’s the twist! There are some daytime notables involved in the series.

Chief among them is three-time Daytime Emmy winner, Sarah Joy Brown (Ex-Carly and Claudia, GH) who directs the podcast series, a first for her career.

Along for the ride with Sarah are none other than General Hospital’s Haley Pullos (Molly) and Carolyn Hennesy (Diane), as well as Brown’s former DAYS co-star, Eric Martsolf (Brady) who all have roles within the story.

New episodes of the series began to roll out this past Monday on October 11th and there will be another installment every Monday thereafter.

Red Riding Hoods is available on all major podcast streaming platforms including: Apple Podcasts, Spotify and more.   You can also listen to the podcast via the Violet Hour Media website here.

So, let us know if you check out Red Riding Hoods via the comment section below or are intrigued to hear the show!

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B&B’s Annika Noelle Shares Her Heartache on Pregnancy Loss

In a very well-written and touching essay written by The Bold and the Beautiful’s Annika Noelle (Hope), herself, the actress shares with the readers details of two miscarriages that she had not publicly revealed until this time.

In her story for Glamour entitled, “Losing a Child in the Limelight”, Noelle shares the heartache and pain of losing a child while filming the demands of a soap opera, and especially Hope’s storyline which for months featured so much emotion and so many tears after the baby loss storyline on-air she was the vehicle in which to tell the tale.

However in real life, Noelle was going through something as well.  Annika reveals how she and her fiancé found out she was pregnant, and then 10 weeks later she lost the baby.  When they tried again, she lost the baby at 8 weeks.

In an excerpt, Annika expressed about keeping her pain private while working on the soap: “Fans and news articles speculated whether I was pregnant or just gained weight during quarantine. And once again the storyline called for ceaseless tears when I felt like I had no more to give. I guess looking back at it now, I was scared to jinx anything. I didn’t want people to know and have things not work out. And yet I wish I had because I would have given anything to have the understanding and support of the cast and crew. I felt so alone. The secret was isolating, yet the shame was debilitating. I felt like I had failed at something that should be easy. But as time marched on, I was surprised by a new feeling bubbling underneath the sorrow: an ancestral rage toward the burden of womanhood. And as I slowly began to open up about my loss to a select few, I was shocked by how many people had experienced it as well.”

In the end, Annika shares: “Anyone who follows me on social media can tell you I’m a deeply private person. But if there is one thing I’ve gained from my loss, it is a voice I’m no longer afraid to use.”

Make sure to read Annika’s moving article in full, then let us know in the comment section what you thought of it.

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