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Barbara Walters, TV Trailblazer, Creator of ‘The View’, and 20/20 Host, Dead at 93

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Barbara Walters, the broadcasting legend and pioneer who became the first woman to co-host a morning and evening newscast, has died.

ABC News announced her passing during a live special report Friday evening at the age of 93.

According to TMZ, Walters died at her home Friday in New York City, surrounded by loved ones. She has been in declining health over the last several years.  In fact, Walters hasn’t been seen in public much since 2016.

In a career that spanned over five decades, Walters won 12 Emmy awards, 11 of those while at ABC News.

She made her final appearance as a co-host of The View in 2014, but remained an executive producer of the talker and continued to do interviews and specials for ABC News.

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Walters rise to star journalist and female anchor began after she graduated from Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville.  Walters found work as a publicist and television writer, before landing a spot as a writer on NBC’s “Today” show back in 1961.  She eventually become the program’s first female co-host in 1974, and won her first Emmy, the following year for Outstanding Talk Show Host.

In 1976, Walters found a new home on ABC’s “Evening News,” making history as the first female co-anchor of an evening news program.   Not long after, Barbara became a regular contributor and the eventual host of the network’s “20/20” newsmagazine program and appeared on the series for decades.

With The View, Walters created a forum for women of diverse backgrounds to come together and discuss the hot topics in our culture and our country. It was a format that has since been widely emulated by other networks, cable, and streaming outlets through the years.

In a tweet ABC News shared on Walter’s death: “Barbara Walters, who shattered the glass ceiling and became a dominant force in an industry once dominated by men, has died. She was 93,”

Barbara’s longtime publicist, Cindi Berger, told TMZ that the TV legend, “Lived her life with no regrets. She was a trailblazer not only for female journalists but for all women.”

Throughout her life, Barbara was married four times.  She is survived by her daughter, Jacqueline Dena Guber.

More to come on the death of Barbara Walters.

Share your thoughts and remembrances for Barbara Walters via the comment section below.

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The passing of another legendary personality. This has been a year!

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Lew S….I so know how you feel. In fact the last few years. We’ve lived in times with many memorable people. It’s just so sad to see when they are gone.

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A true pioneer! In a pre-internet era she found out things about public figures that were not common knowledge.

She was comfortable with world leaders, celebrities and folks who found fame because of circumstance.

There will truly never be another like her.

As Barbara would say… Remember, we’re in touch, so you be in touch. Oh, a take a little time to enjoy the View.

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Wow, what a legacy Barbara has left behind. Remember those legendary after-Oscar specials (or pre-Oscars on the East coast) that we looked forward to when the Oscars meant something? And THE VIEW hasn’t had that same cozy feeling since she left. Making Patrick Swayze cry, inflicting that ridiculous tree metaphor on Katharine Hepburn, or quizzing Cher about “all these men, what’s it like with all these men?” — that’s great television. Her book AUDITION was fun to read also, if perhaps a bit too polite. She was an original and worthy of the status of legend.

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I totally forgot about her pre-Oscar specials. They were something to look forward to. All of the award shows have lost their appeal. There will never be another like Ms. Walters.

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What an incredible trailblazer she was. We all knew this time was coming; but. it doesn’t make it any easier. My deepest sympathy to her daughter.

Thank you Ms. Walters for being such an amazing reporter, broadcaster, and role model. May you rest in peace.

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It’s not ending well for Amy Robach and T.J. Holmes. The former GMA3 co-hosts, who had their affair come to light publicly, have been let go by ABC after a lengthy mediation session on Thursday.

Now, the network has severed all ties with Robach and Holmes and they will receive payouts of their contracts.

According to TMZ: the long mediation session was “extremely contentious,” with ABC reps accusing both Amy and T.J. of various forms of misconduct, which one source characterized as “a witch hunt.”

They go on detail that Amy and T.J were told that they did not handle their romance appropriately by waiting too long to disclose it to ABC executives.

ABC expressed that their “behavior on set” was “uncomfortable” for some ABC staff.

Page Six is also reporting that their source shared from the talks, that unless ABC reaches a satisfactory departure agreement with both Amy and T.J., they would both be looking at filing lawsuits against the network.

In additional accusations, ABC said alcohol had been found in Robach’s dressing room.  However, that was disputed as ABC executives had gifted liquor bottles to Robach and other on-air ABC talent. Robach was also accused of showing up “drunk” to work after attending the College Football National Championship last year.  Amy claims she was just tired.

So, what do you think of Robach and Holmes being given the hook by ABC and being show the front door? Comment below.

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Shemar Moore Becomes a Dad for the First Time with Girlfriend Jesiree Dizon as They Welcome Their Baby Girl

Shemar Moore is now a dad! The great news came from the S.W.A.T and former Y&R star Instagram on Wednesday morning.

The 52-year-old actor enthused: “Ya boy is officially a Dad!!! Dreams come true!! The rest of my life is here! ❤️🙏🏽🙌🏽”

In a statement given to PEOPLE on the major arrival, a rep for the actor shared: “Shemar Moore and his partner, Jesiree Dizon, are happy to announce the birth of their baby girl. The family is very happy and healthy.”

Dizon, a fashion model, has two other children, daughter Charli and son Kaiden from previous relationships.

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Back in January, Moore revealed that he is going to be a dad for the first time when he posted footage on an Instagram post from the gender reveal party in the baby’s honor

No word yet on what ‘Baby Girl Moore’s’ first name is yet.  However, Moore had mentioned that ‘Frankie’ was a potential name for the little one during the gender reveal party.

In addition, this Friday on The Jennifer Hudson Show, Moore is a guest, in which a teaser was circulating a few weeks ago featuring Shemar also revealing the big baby news there.  The entire interview will air at the end of the week on the talk show.

Share your congratulations and well-wishes for Shemar and Jesiree and their new bundle of joy via the comment section below.

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Alec Baldwin to Face Involuntary Manslaughter Charges in ‘Rust’ Shooting of Halyna Hutchins

Charges were announced today by Santa Fe District Attorney, Mary Carmack-Altwies in the shooting on the set of the film, Rust fatally killing director Halyna Hutchins.

Alec Baldwin (ex-The Doctor and Knots Landing) has been charged with involuntary manslaughter along with the film’s armorer,  Hannah Gutierrez Reed.

The D.A. outlined why the deadly on-set shooting could result in criminal charges regardless of whether it was an accident.  In a statement, she shared: “After a thorough review of the evidence and the laws of the state of New Mexico, I have determined that there is sufficient evidence to file criminal charges against Alec Baldwin and other members of the Rust film crew. On my watch, no one is above the law, and everyone deserves justice.

In charges set to be filed by the end of January, Baldwin and Gutierrez-Reed will each be charged with two counts of involuntary manslaughter in Hutchins’ death.

Baldwin’s attorney, Luke Nikas, said this about the charges: “This decision distorts Halyna Hutchins’ tragic death and represents a terrible miscarriage of justice. Mr. Baldwin had no reason to believe there was a live bullet in the gun – or anywhere on the movie set. He relied on the professionals with whom he worked, who assured him the gun did not have live rounds. We will fight these charges, and we will win.”

Andrea Reeb, the special prosecutor for the case said: “If any one of these three people: Alec Baldwin, Hannah Gutierrez Reed, or David Halls (assistant director, Rust) had done their job, Halyna Hutchins would be alive today. It’s that simple.  The evidence clearly shows a pattern of criminal disregard for safety on the ‘Rust’ film set. In New Mexico, there is no room for film sets that don’t take our state’s commitment to gun safety and public safety seriously.”

What do you think about the charges levied on Alec Baldwin? Comment below.

 

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