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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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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The Bold and the Beautiful Casts Joshua Morrow’s Son, Crew, as the New Will Spencer

In casting news, Crew Morrow, the son of  Joshua Morrow (Nick Newman, The Young and the Restless) and his wife, Tobe, is joining The Bold and the Beautiful as a a recast in the contract role of Will Spencer.

That means that Crew will be the biological son of Katie (Heather Tom, who formerly played the Joshua Morrow’s on-screen sister, Victoria Newman over at Y&R) and Bill (Don Diamont).

According to Deadline, Crew has already begun taping episodes of B&B starting last Friday on June 14th. Look for the new Will to debut on the July 1st episode of the CBS daytime drama series. Clearly, B&B is ramping up their summer teen storylines and now Will supposedly has a half-sister in Luna (Lisa Yamada).

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The role of Will Spencer will mark Crew’s third acting credit according to his IMDb, where previously he appeared in Continental Split and Healing Towers. The previous Will’s included Heather Tom’s real-life son Zane Anchor, who played the role on occasions from 2013-2018, and Finnegan George who took over the part and was last seen in 2020.

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In addition, more casting was revealed. Jamison Belushi, the daughter of comedian and actor, Jim Belushi, is making a one-day guest appearance in the role of April, a lab technician on today’s Monday, June 17th episode. The outlet also mentioned that Li (Naomi Matsuda) and Finn (Tanner Novlan), with whom April works for, are about to embark on a summer mystery story that kicks off on July 1.

So, what do you think about Crew Morrow becoming the new Will Spencer on B&B? What do you think will be the new summer mystery story? Share your thoughts via the comment below.

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Michele Val Jean Gives Update on Daytime’s Newest Soap: “The Team for ‘The Gates’ is Coming Together and It’s Fire”

CBS daytime’s newest soap opera, The Gates, is set to bow in January of 2025.  Until now, not much has been known of who else behind the scenes or in front of the camera might be coming on to the show.

However, The Gates writer, and co-executive producer, Michele Val Jean, shared an update on the series ,which has as its premise and epicenter, the story of a wealthy black family living in a gated community.

Now, Val Jean has taken to her Instagram account to share an update on the show.  Michele expressed, “You guys! The team for #TheGates is coming together and it’s 🔥🔥🔥. I couldn’t be happier. Exciting announcements coming soon. Stay tuned!”

Previously, Michele attended last weekend’s 51st Annual Daytime Emmy Award ceremony where she also shared on her IG, these sentiments: “Had a great time at the #daytimeemmys tonight. I so love this community of such colossally talented and genuinely nice people. I’m humbled to be adding to the legacy with ‘The Gates’. Shout out to my #boldandbeautiful peeps. You guys are the best.”

Val Jean has been a writer for The Bold & The Beautiful, Generations, Santa Barbara, General Hospital, and Port Charles throughout her daytime career, and she has won Daytime Emmys for her work on B&B and GH.

Now the question becomes, who would you like to see cast on ‘The Gates’? What kind of roles might be available? Who could be helping steer other creative elements behind the scenes? Stay tuned. Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

 

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Jason George Returning to ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Main Cast for Upcoming Season

Soap opera alum Jason George (ex-Michael Bourne, Sunset Beach) is rejoining Grey’s Anatomy as a series regular for its upcoming 21st season.

According to Deadline, Jason will reprise his signature role of Ben Warren. Previously, the actor played Ben since season 6 of the ABC medical drama. Later, George became a series regular for seasons 12-14 before departing to join the ‘Grey’s’ spinoff, Station 19.

With Station 19 now canceled, it paved the way for George to bring Ben back to Seattle Grey’s Sloan. Over the past seven years, Jason was a mainstay on the firefighter drama and would make appearances and crossover to “Grey’s’.  Both series are produced by Shondaland and ABC signature.

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In story, the seventh season of Station 19 had Ben tapping leaning into his medical skills while questioning his future as a firefighter in light of his shoulder injury. Then, in the Station 19 series finale, Ben told Captain Herrera that he was going back to finish his surgical residency. The story all fits together because when Ben was a fifth year resident at Grey Sloan, he found a way to pursue his other dream as a firefighter without jeopardizing his chances to return to the hospital and medicine one day.

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George was featured on NBC’s Sunset Beach from 1997-1999 as lifeguard Michael Bourne and his love interest, Vanessa was played by Sherri Saum (ex-Keri, One Life to Live) who is also the wife of the late Kamar de los Reyes (ex-Antonio, One Life to Live)

In a post on X, following the story of his rejoining Grey’s Anatomy, George posted a video with the music from “Welcome Back Kotter” and the words “Well … it WAS kind of hush-hush. But now it’s official. Where my scrubs at?”

So, glad to hear Jason George is returning as a series regular to Grey’s Anatomy? Comment below.

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