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Barbara Walters Brings in 7.7 Million for 2014 Most Fascinating People Special

WaltersClooneyBarbara Walters returned for another “Most Fascinating” special last night, averaging 7.7 million viewers. Walters, who retired earlier this year from day-to-day work at ABC News, increased the timeslot for ABC by 57% in Total Viewers over original dramas that aired on the same night last year.

The second hour of the 2-hour special finished second in the timeslot, behind NBC’s “Sunday Night Football.” The 2014 edition was watched by 1.1 million fewer viewers than last year’s special which aired on a Wednesday night, and was billed as Walters’ final “Most Fascinating” special.

Walters named Amal Clooney as the Most Fascinating person of 2014. Walters didn’t get an interview with Mrs. George Clooney, but she aired several of her past interviews with Mr. George Clooney, including the 1995 chat where he said he would never marry again. “I know I’m never going to get married again because i wasn’t very good at it,” Clooney told Walters.

So, will Barbara be back next year?

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‘The View’ to Be Overseen by ABC News

ROSIE PEREZ, ROSIE O'DONNELL, WHOOPI GOLDBERG, NICOLLE WALLACE“The View” is moving from the entertainment unit of ABC to the non-fiction programming group of ABC News.

Season 18 of “The View” kicked off last month with a new cast, a new studio adjacent to ABC News HQ, and a new production team. This move further aligns the daytime show with ABC News resources. The show was co-created by ABC News anchor Barbara Walters, who continues to hold the executive producer title and was informed of the news earlier this week.

While continuing their roles with ABC News, executives Tom Cibrowski, Barbara Fedida and David Sloan will work closely with Co-EPs Bill Wolff and Brian Balthazar and their team.

“Tom, Barbara and David have helped take our shows to the next level and worked on a wide range of diverse news and non-fiction programming,” ABC News president James Goldston writes in a note to staff. “Now they’ll help guide ‘The View’ in its exciting next chapter.”

We’re told the ABC News execs met with cast members Rosie O’Donnell, Whoopi Goldberg, Rosie Perez and Nicole Wallace yesterday. Wolff also introduced them to many show staffers.

“The View” is the second non-fiction unit of ABC News, joining Lincoln Square productions which produces programs for ABC and other networks and is overseen by Morgan Hertzan. “I feel incredibly fortunate that we’re now expanding our non-fiction roster to include The View. We couldn’t be more thrilled to work with its terrific team, and we look forward to exciting days ahead,” Goldston writes.

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Barbara Walters Brings Back ‘Most Fascinating’ Special

Walters specialLast year was supposed to the final Barbara Walters‘ “10 Most Fascinating” special. But ABC has decided there are just too many fascinating people around not to do another one.

So Walters returns for the 2-hour special on Sunday, Dec. 14. Oprah Winfrey, Neil Patrick Harris, Chelsea Handler, and Scarlett Johansson have made the cut. Walters always save the No. 1 most fascinating person for the night of the special.

“[Y]ou never pass up the opportunity to interview Oprah, Neil, Chelsea, or Scarlett,” Walters says about returning for the 2014 edition.

The special is executive produced by Walters and Bill Geddie, who, until this summer was the co-executive producer of “The View.” Geddie also directs the 2014 “Most Fascinating” special.

Kathie Lee Gifford Accepts Regis Philbin’s ‘Giant of Broadcasting’ Award

chuckTVNewser attended the 12th Annual Giants of Broadcasting luncheon in New York City today. Prominent members of the broadcasting, media and corporate communities attended the event, which honors distinguished leadership or performance in TV and radio.

“Today” show fourth hour co-host Kathie Lee Gifford spoke on behalf of her former “LIVE” partner, Regis Philbin, who could not accept his award in person.

She joked that Regis asked, “Am I’m not already a Giant of Broadcasting?” Chuck Scarborough longtime anchor of  WNBC’s “News 4 New York” was also honored and jokingly thanked NBC for “not firing me.”

Sylvester L. “Pat” Weaver, a pioneer who created the “Today” show and “The Tonight Show” among others, was honored posthumously. His daughter and Academy Award nominated actress Sigourney Weaver spoke on his behalf.

Other honorees included Judy Woodruff and Gwen Ifill – co-anchors and managing editors of PBS “NewsHour,” and Fred Silverman, former CBS, ABC, and NBC executive who brought some of the most iconic programs of the 1970s and 1980s to broadcast TV.

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The Afternoon Ticker: Panetta Book, CNN Suit, Walters Talks

  • Former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is making the TV rounds for his memoir “Worthy Fights.” His first morning interview went to Matt Lauer for “Today,” his first cable interview was with Gloria Borger on CNN, the first online interview is with Katie Couric for Yahoo! and his first primetime interview is with Bill O’Reilly tonight on Fox News.

  • Former CNN staffer Stanley Wilson has filed a $5 million wrongful termination lawsuit against Turner Broadcasting and his former boss. The 17-year CNN veteran, a Los Angeles-based field producer and writer, says he was discriminated against, defamed and retaliated against. Deadline has more.

  • ABC’s Barbara Walters is the featured speaker tonight at the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. Walters, who celebrated her 85th birthday last week, was born in Boston. In her autobiography Audition, she wrote about having an affair in the 1970s with then-married Massachusetts Senator Edward Brooke.

‘The View’ Premieres With New Co-Hosts, Queen Barbara Walters

Walters QueenA revamped “The View” premiered this morning with its original co-executive producer sitting in a Queen’s throne getting doused with affection.

“Thank you my pals,” Barbara Walters said as co-hosts Whoopi Goldberg, Rosie O’Donnell, Nicolle Wallace, and Rosie Perez looked toward her throne.

“This is wonderful, but it’s unnecessary because of course you have my blessings,” Walters added. “By the way, I was told that I would have a crown,” she concluded, with an off-screen hand then bestowing her with one.

“Hello and welcome to the newer view,” Goldberg said to the audience as the show opened. A returning O’Donnell, not wearing shoes because of her sciatica, updated viewers on her heart attack two years ago and the surgery she had that saved her life. “I’m sitting here with three fabulous women and I’m loving life,” new co-host Rosie Perez said. “I am a Republican, we should get that out of the way,” Nicolle Wallace, former campaign communications adviser to Senator John McCain and Sarah Palin, said. “And I really like her, I swear to God!” O’Donnell responded to the audience’s applause.

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Joan Rivers Funeral: ‘I Have Never Seen Anything Like It’

KathieLeeHodaBarbara Walters, Diane Sawyer, Charlie Rose, Kathie Lee Gifford, and Hoda Kotb were among the TV newsers at yesterday’s funeral for Joan Rivers.

“I have never seen anything like it — full of love, full of laughter,” said Rose on “CBS This Morning. “Inside Edition” host Deborah Norville, who’s been friends with Rivers for 25 years, delivered a eulogy. On “Good Morning America” Norville told Robin Roberts, “The woman I knew was hilariously funny. An incredible practical joker. She was kind to the core and there through thick and thin.”

Said Gifford on “Today,” “I think it was the perfect combination between the profane and the sacred. Because Joan was like that. We all know the profane part of Joan, but there was a sacred part as well.”

Networks to Pay Tribute to Joan Rivers

JoanRiversFNC304Networks will remember legendary comedian Joan Rivers this weekend.

Tonight, the newsmagazines pay tribute. At 9pmET, NBC’s “Dateline” will present “Celebrating Joan Rivers.” The hour-long special, co-anchored by Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb, will feature tributes from Kathy Griffin, Dick Cavett, Donald Trump, Don Rickles, and Gilbert Gottfried.

An hour later at 10pmET, ABC’s “20/20″ will air “Joan Rivers: Living for the Laugh.”  The special, anchored by David Muir, will feature reporting from Barbara Walters, John Quinones, and Chris Connelly.

And on Sunday night, Fox News presents “Geraldo Rivera Reports: Joan Rivers” at 9pmET. Rivera will interview various guests close to Rivers and show clips from her comedy career. Rivers died yesterday at 81 a week after she stopped breathing during a throat procedure.

Joan Rivers Has Died. ‘Her Greatest Joy Was to Make People Laugh’

JoanRiversFNCComedian Joan Rivers has died. The news came from Rivers’ daughter, Melissa just before 3pmET.

Rivers, who was 81, stopped breathing while undergoing outpatient surgery in New York City a week ago today. She was rushed Mount Sinai Hospital and put on life support. Just yesterday, Melissa Rivers announced that her mother had been “moved out of intensive care and into a private room where she is being kept comfortable.” Melissa Rivers released this statement this afternoon:

It is with great sadness that I announce the death of my mother, Joan Rivers. She passed peacefully at 1:17pm surrounded by family and close friends. My son and I would like to thank the doctors, nurses, and staff of Mount Sinai Hospital for the amazing care they provided for my mother.

Cooper and I have found ourselves humbled by the outpouring of love, support, and prayers we have received from around the world. They have been heard and appreciated.

My mother’s greatest joy in life was to make people laugh. Although that is difficult to do right now, I know her final wish would be that we return to laughing soon.

Fox News and CNN have been in near non-stop coverage since 3pmET. Several New York local stations broke in with coverage.

Barbara Walters issued a statement about her friend: “No one loved life, laughter, and a good time more than Joan. We would have dinner and laugh and gossip and I always left the table smiling. She was a brassy, often outrageous, and hilarious performer who made millions laugh. In private, she was the picture of elegance and class. I will miss her.”

ABC Newsers Toast Ben Sherwood

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As Ben Sherwood heads West, his East Coast colleagues sent him off in style last night at the Nomad Hotel in New York’s Flatiron District. Sherwood, named co-president of Disney/ABC TV in March, is moving his family to Los Angeles.

Insiders tell us heartfelt toasts were given by Barbara Walters, Diane Sawyer, Robin Roberts, George Stephanopoulos, David Muir and Lara Spencer. Sherwood got a big laugh when he promised Stephanopoulos a reality show, detective comedy or both.

And there were gifts: Sherwood was given a framed golden headset to remind him of his days in the control room — with the label “break in case of emergency,” while the whole family got ABC News Extreme Weather Team jackets — with “Sherwood” embroidered on the back.

Sherwood’s had three stints with ABC News, starting in 1989 as a producer at “Primetime Live.” After a run at “NBC Nightly News,” Sherwood returned to ABC in 2004 for a two-year stint as EP of “Good Morning America.” Sherwood turned to writing, penning three best-sellers, one of which was turned into a major motion picture. In 2010, he returned to ABC as News president.

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