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Barbara Walters to Interview Peter Rodger, Father of Killer Elliot Rodger

Walters specialBarbara Walters was on her first post-retirement trip last week when she got a call from ABC News HQ. ABC brass wanted to know if Walters, traveling in Berlin with Cindy Adams (who wrote about their journey this morning), would be available to interview Peter Rodger, the father Elliot Rodger who killed 6 people and himself in Isla Vista, California last month. Rodger, a Hollywood director, requested Walters for the interview.

Given the issues around mental health and this story, Walters agreed to conduct the sought-after interview. When she retired last month, ABC said Walters would be available for special projects. The interview will happen in California in the coming weeks and air as a special edition of “20/20.”

Tomorrow, Walters will be honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at Quinnipiac University’s annual Fred Friendly First Amendment Award luncheon.

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Barbara Walters Farewell: ‘True, I Was the First Female Co-Host… But Also True, I Was a Flop’

WaltersSawyerIt was a star-studded farewell for Barbara Walters at New York City’s Four Seasons restaurant tonight. From comedian Joan Rivers to commissioner Bill Bratton; from New York’s chronicler of scandal, Cindy Adams, to the man who plays the president on “Scandal,” Tony Goldwyn; from actor Woody Allen to attorney David Boies, But mostly, the pool room was packed with Walters’ fellow TV news colleagues and those ladies — past and present — from “The View.” Whoopi Goldberg and Sherri Shepherd; Meredith Vieira and Joy Behar.

Following a best of Barbara video, Disney Chairman Bob Iger welcomed the crowd, before Walters delivered a few words of thanks and admitting it hasn’t always been easy. “True, I was the first female co-host of a network news program. But also true, I was a flop. My male co-host didn’t want a partner and neither did the audience. I was drowning, gasping for air. Then someone threw me that life preserver called Specials with the biggest stars in news and show business and I learned how to swim again.”

Current and former evening news anchors were there, including Diane Sawyer and Brian Williams who arrived with Tom Brokaw, Katie Couric and fiancé John Molner; and Connie Chung (who was part of an ill-fated co-anchor pairing with Dan Rather) and husband Maury Povich. We caught up with early risers Savannah Guthrie and George Stephanopoulos along with their spouses, Mike Feldman, and Ali Wentworth, respectively, as they were heading out. Guthrie’s “Today” colleague Al Roker and his wife, ABC correspondent Deborah Roberts made the rounds as well.

Walters continued: “I’m grateful to the legendary Roone Arledge for bringing me to ABC News; thankful to David Westin for his steady leadership; to Ben Sherwood – you made us all believe we could win and with your leadership and passion, we did; and James Goldston – I’m told that all our shows are number one at the moment – you should quit right now.” Sherwood, Goldston and Westin were all on hand, as were other ABC News executives including Barbara Fedida, David Sloan, Jeanmarie Condon and John Green.

We spotted Jenny McCarthy hand-in-hand with fiance Donnie Wahlberg; the “Nightline” team of Juju ChangDan Abrams, and Dan Harris as well as a host of correspondents and anchors from ABC, NBC, CBS, MSNBC and Fox, including Elizabeth VargasAmy RobachDavid MuirNorah O’DonnellJon KarlGio Benitez, Dr. Richard Besser, Tory JohnsonRick Klein, Brian Ross, Mara Schiavocampo, Thomas RobertsAlicia MenendezHoda Kotb, Greta Van Susteren and Lisa Ling, a former “View” co-host, now woking on a new show for CNN.

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Cindy Adams Reveals Her Source – It’s Greta!

FNC’s Greta Van Susteren and her husband John P. Coale had a trip to the Hamptons cut short when Van Susteren jetted off to India Friday morning to interview Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Cindy Adams writes about it today in her column as a way of pouring cold water on the rumor that Chelsea Clinton is engaged.

So between the Old Mill Inn’s rib-eye and cheesecake (John Coale doesn’t dine lightly), his wife rang to say: “Hillary and I are so exhausted. We’re sitting at the Taj in Mumbai ordering Diet Coke and coffee — not mixing it together — just to keep awake.” I was wildly thrilled with what Greta’s drinking, but what I needed to know was what’s Hillary saying. Two text messages and cellphone calls later came: “Hillary says Chelsea is not marrying Marc, no matter what’s been reported.”

Van Susteren returned to Washington this morning. Her interview with Secy. Clinton airs tonight on “On the Record.”

O’Reilly’s Next Book Will Focus On Obama

oreilly_4-2.jpgThe Bill O’Reilly100 months at #1” media tour continues as the week comes to an end, with an interview in the New York Post with Cindy Adams, an appearance today on the Rachael Ray Show and an interview on WTTG-TV (D.C.’s FOX station).

In the Post interview, O’Reilly reveals the topic for his next book: President Barack Obama. “He’s becoming a historical figure not because he’s black, but because his liberal agenda is taking the country in a direction we’ve never been before,” he says. The book is slated for release in “the latter part of 2010.”

O’Reilly also talks about what it takes to be a staff member on The Factor. “Working for me, you’ve got to be a Navy SEAL,” he says. “No mistakes. I need facts, or it’ll get rammed down my throat.”

Click continued to see the WTTG interview, in which O’Reilly talks about how much longer he’ll host The O’Reilly Factor…

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The Ticker: O’Reilly, Alaska, Surface…

> The New York Post’s Cindy Adams describes, in general terms, Bill O’Reilly‘s upcoming book, “A Bold Fresh Piece of Humanity,” from her “embargoed, not for sale, uncopyedited, bound manuscript.” O’Reilly’s “mantra” from the book: “Living well is not the best revenge. Succeeding in your career and humiliating your critics is.”

> The Today show’s Alaskan American Story, reported by Bob Dotson, aired today. TVNewser reported last month about the goal of finding a place reporters, “haven’t found,” and with the Gov. Sarah Palin VP pick, the special report has new meaning.

> CNN has the “Magic Wall,” FNC has the “Bill Board,” and now MSNBC has their own fun piece of technology — the Microsoft Surface. It is the first time the public gets to see the device in use. Click continued to see one of the first reports using the Surface, with Chuck Todd playing the John King/Bill Hemmer role…

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