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THIS WEEK: Celebrate Barbara! TV Icon Barbara Walters Final Week On THE VIEW!

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Television icon, Barbara Walters is saying goodbye to daytime television and her co-hosting duties on the ABC morning show The View this week, during a weeklong celebration.  Walters is also stepping away after five decades on television in what appears to be retirement.

The special weeklong event ABC: A Barbara Celebration kicks off live today on The View as the series honors the broadcast legend during her final days as co-host. You can follow the conversation all week long on Twitter #celebratebarbara.

Then, for the first time in television history, all 11 co-hosts of The View past and present, will share the same stage, live, Thursday May 15to celebrate the show’s creator Barbara Walters. Journalist Meredith Vieira, lawyer Star Jones, comedian Joy Behar, television personality Debbie Matenopoulos, journalist Lisa Ling, comedian Rosie O’Donnell, and talk show host Elisabeth Hasselbeck will join Sherri Shepherd, Jenny McCarthy, Whoopi Goldberg and Walters for this momentous, once in a lifetime television event.  Follow the conversation at #theviewreunion.

The week concludes on Friday May 16, a day New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio officially declared “Barbara Walters Day” with two monumental surprises, and Barbara’s final words on  The View. Additionally, Good Morning America Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, The Chew, General Hospital and World News with Diane Sawyer are among the shows scheduled to join the celebration honoring the broadcast legend all throughout the day.

Walters over the weekend kicked-off the celebration making an appearance on Saturday Night Live in a spoof of herself on the Weekend Update segment!  Watch it after the jump! Then, let us know will you check-out Barbara’s final goodbye on The View? How will GH pay homage to Barbara? No matter what your feelings are for the talk show, or Walters, she did pave the way for many talk show hosts and female television news anchors because of her storied career!

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‘Dr. Oz Show’ Taken Off the Air in NY and PA Due to Senate Run; Daphne Oz ‘The Good Dish’ to Fill Time Slot

In light of his announcement that he will be running as a republican senate candidate in the state of Pennsylvania, Dr Oz’s daytime talk and medical show, The Dr. Oz Show, is being taken off the air in key markets in New York and Pennsylvania, according to the Fox Station Group.

According to Deadline’s sources, Fox TV Stations proceeded with pulling the Sony Pictures TV-distributed syndicated series because of the prospect of being forced to give other political candidates running in Pennsylvania equal time, expressing that it “would be a nightmare for us, there was no way we were going to be able to do that.”

In its place, look for Dr. Oz’s daughter, Daphne Oz, to be the fill-in with her show.

Starting on January 18th, Daphne’s The Good Dish, will take over the time slot during the duration of her father’s political campaign.  This potentially could go all the way through November of 2022, if Oz remains in the race through election day.

Last fall, Fox TV Stations renewed The Dr. Oz Show for two more years which gave it life through 2023.

So, do you think more stations will go bye-bye and have The Dr. Oz show pulled? What do you think of daughter Daphne’s series as the fill-in? Comment below.

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General Hospital Has No Immediate Plans to Recast the Role of Jason Morgan Following Steve Burton’s Departure

According to a report from Variety, ABC’s General Hospital is not planning on recasting the role of Jason Morgan at this time, following the exit of Steve Burton.

The two-time Daytime Emmy winning star was let-go from the soap after not adhering to their Covid-19 vaccine mandate.

The mandate went into effect on November 1st and in story, the series wrote Burton out, but still left wiggle room for the character to return.

Jason was buried under a rubble when a cave collapsed on top of him, while he was trying to apprehend arch-villain, Peter August (Wes Ramsey).

In his exit announcement on Instagram, Burton did express: “Maybe one day if these mandates are lifted, I can return and finish my career as Jason Morgan.”  Steve had played the role of Jason since 1991, but with a four-year break at Y&R, before returning to the role in 2017.

Now whether down the line, GH does eventually recast Jason remains to be seen.

So, it looks like Jason will be off the canvas for awhile, and Port Charles will continue to grieve for him.

So, what are your thoughts? Should GH leave Jason off the canvas? Should they recast down the line?  Comment below.

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Dr. Oz Set to Announce Candidacy For Pennsylvania U.S. Senate Seat; Will Likely Take Break from Talk Show

(UPDATED) There is a new celebrity who has entered the political arena.  This time it’s Daytime Emmy-winning talk show host, Dr. Mehmet Oz.

According to TMZ overnight, Dr. Oz will announce his intentions to run for the republican U. S. Senate seat in Pennyslvania.

Oz will run for republican Pat Toomey’s seat.  Toomey is set to retire.

Sources tell TMZ that Oz has already made a multi-million dollar media buy in the state for his political run, and that he make the official announcement on Tuesday night on Fox News Channel’s Hannity,

The report also shares that Dr, Oz already has a  full campaign staff former National Republican Senatorial Committee head, Chris Hansen.

As to the future of the Dr. Oz show, it would appear that Oz would likely take a step back from the show over the next few months, but that has yet to be confirmed.

Since this posting, late Tuesday afternoon, Dr. Mehmet Oz made his announcement that he is indeed running for the republican senate seat in Pennsylvania. Watch the video below, then share your thoughts in the Comment section.

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