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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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The Friday Ticker: Miller, ‘Money Talks’, Chen

  • CBS News senior correspondent John Miller will present his first “60 Minutes” piece on the newsmagazine Sunday. Miller interviews former CIA deputy director Michael Morell on Syria.

  • Variety takes a look at the ratings for CNBC’s premiere of “Money Talks,” which debuted Tuesday. The show averaged 127,000 total viewers and 65,000 viewers in the A25-54 demographic.

  • On the heels of Julie Chen‘s announcement that she had cosmetic surgery after a news director in Dayton told her she would never be an anchor because of her “Asian eyes,” the local station — which is under new management since Chen worked there — has issued an apology. TVSpy has details.

Julie Chen Reveals Having Surgery On her ‘Asian Eyes’

When Julie Chen was a local news reporter in Ohio she asked the news director if she could fill in as an anchor. Chen says the news director told her, “‘You will never be on this anchor desk, because you’re Chinese.’ He said ‘Let’s face it Julie, how relatable are you to our community? How big of an Asian community do we have in Dayton? On top of that because of your Asian eyes, I’ve noticed that when you’re on camera, you look disinterested and bored.’”

So rather than calling HR, Chen got some other advice. A bigtime agent pretty much told her the same thing.

“It felt like a dagger in my heart,” she says, “Because all of my life I wanted to be a network anchor.” She eventually did, on CBS’s “The Early Show.” And along the way, she married the boss, CBS Corp. chairman Les Moonves.

Chen revealed all this on “The Talk” yesterday as the CBS daytime chat show returned for a new season with hosts revealing their secrets.

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Awards Show First: An ‘F’ Bomb During the ‘In Memoriam’

One show that probably won’t win an Emmy: the 2013 Daytime Emmy Awards. The show which honors the best soap operas, talk shows, game shows, cooking shows, court shows, and animated shows aired tonight on HLN. Hosted by “Good Morning America’s” Sam Champion and HLN’s Robin Meade and A.J. Hammer, the show was rife with technical errors, missed cues and an “F” bomb that didn’t get bleeped.

Meade acted as the show’s announcer introducing presenters and reading bios after their win from a podium on stage. Another new twist, daytime hosts like Giada De Laurentiis and Julie Chen interviewed winners on a couch on stage, immediately after their acceptance speech. The idea fell flat as questions didn’t add insight and slowed down the production. At one point De Laurentiis shushed the crowd as a Best Supporting Actress tried to answer. “Okay, you guys. Listen! She’s saying something from the heart here!”

Introducing awards show staple “In Memoriam,” actor Corbin Bernsen paid tribute to his mother Jeanne Cooper who died last month. She’d starred on “Young and the Restless” for 40 years.

“You know exactly what she is saying,” said Bernsen, channelling his mother. “Oh SHIT, I’m on the in memoriam list? And what is up with this ridiculous couch? …There is always the alternative. At least I made the fucking list.”

“The words slipped through the censor due to a glitch,” a spokesperson tells TVNewser. “It will be bleeped in re-airs.”

But there aren’t enough bleeps or edits to fix the gaffes in this broadcast.

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The PM Ticker: ‘VICE,’ Emmys, RT

  • HBO has renewed newsmagazine “VICE” for a 12-episode second season. Season two will debut on the pay cable channel next year. The renewal comes just a day before the season finale, which goes to North Korea with Dennis Rodman.

  • The Daytime Emmy Awards on HLN will have a decidedly different format this year: the winners will be interviewed on stage immediately after accepting the statues. Sam Champion, A.J. Hammer and Julie Chen will be among those interviewing the winners.

  • RT took home the top prize in the 24-hour news category at the Monte Carlo TV Festival, beating out competition from CNN International, Al Jazeera and Sky News. RT took home the award for its coverage of the meteorite crash in Chelyabinsk.

Katie Couric Going Hollywood, ‘The Talk’ Returning to NYC

For May sweeps, Katie Couric is taking her daytime talk show to Hollywood. Couric will host her eponymous syndicated program from the set of “Jimmy Kimmel Live” at the El Capitan Theater on Hollywood Boulevard.

Disney, which produces Couric’s talk show and airs Kimmel’s program, also owns the El Capitan.

As in New York, there will be a live audience, with  Couric also visiting Hollywood landmarks. Guests will include Kimmel (of course) as well as fellow Eric Stonestreet (“Modern Family”), musician Will.i.am and actress Zooey Deschanel.

Also for May sweeps, CBS’ daytime talker “The Talk” will return to New York City for the second time this season. Julie Chen, Sara Gilbert, Sharon Osbourne, Sheryl Underwood and Aisha Tyler will host from the CBS Broadcast Center May 13-17. Guests include “NCIS” stars Mark Harmon and Michael Weatherly, as well as “How I Met Your Mother”‘s Neil Patrick Harris and Cobie Smulders.

Les Moonves: ‘Partisanship is Very Much a Part of Journalism Now’

The LATimes writes up Pres. Obama’s LGBT fundraiser in Los Angeles last night attended by about 600 supporters including Ellen DeGeneres, Cher and her son Chaz Bono. Another boldface name in the crowd: CBS Corp. CEO and chairman Les Moonves and his wife, “The Talk” co-host Julie Chen, who, in the past, anchored CBS News’s “The Early Show.”

Before the event began, a long line of partygoers waited on the sidewalk outside the hotel to check in. CBS chief Les Moonves and his wife, Julie Chen, waited patiently for their wristbands. Obama, Moonves said, “has shown great leadership” on the issue of gay marriage.

Though he heads a news division, Moonves said, “ultimately journalism has changed … partisanship is very much a part of journalism now.”

He hastened to add that despite his presence, “I run a news division. I’ve given no money to any candidate.”

Wonder how this is going over in the CBS Newsroom. We’ve got a call in to find out.

TIME & People Throw WHCA Cocktail Party

The parties are underway in Washington D.C. ahead of the annual White House Correspondents’ Association dinner. Last night at the St. Regis, TIME and People threw a cocktail party with drop-ins from a bunch of boldface tvnewsers all enjoying custom flavored custards by Shake Shack.

TIME‘s Managing Editor Rick Stengel (below with Savannah Guthrie) along with and DC bureau chief Michael Duffy, People‘s Managing Editor Larry Hackett, and DC correspondent Sandra Sobieraj Westfall hosted the party.

Spotted at the party: Gayle King (below with Andrea Mitchell), Chris Matthews, Julie Chen and hubby CBS CEO Les Moonves (right with Wolf Blitzer), Greta Van Susteren, Wolf Blitzer, , Thomas Roberts, Kelly O’Donnell, Ed Henry, Willie Geist, Dana Bash, Erica Hill, Chris Wallace, Tamron Hall, Norah O’Donnell, Alex Wagner, Donna Brazile; ABC News president Ben Sherwood, NBC News president Steve Capus, “Meet the Press” EP Betsy Fischer and “Face the Nation” EP Mary Hager also CNN execs Mark Whitaker and Sam Feist.

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Will The Third Time (in a year) Be the Charm for CBS Morning News?

When CBS recently announced that Charlie Rose and Gayle King would headline its revamped ‘Early Show,’ Rene Syler got slammed with tweets asking for her reaction.

“It’s interesting that people think I’m interested,” says Syler, an ‘Early Show’ anchor from 2002 to ’06. “I’m not in that world anymore. To be honest, I don’t have much of a reaction.”

She may be the only one. Most observers predict that the unlikely combination of the cerebral Rose, who turns 70 next month,  and the chatty King, 56, will do nothing to break CBS’s unabated string of failures in a franchise that dates back to 1954, with host Walter Cronkite.

“It has no shot, in the slightest,” says network-news analyst Andrew Tyndall.

“I don’t get it…. Charlie Rose won’t play in the morning. Of all the timeslots for TV news, morning shows skew the youngest. It’s completely counter-intuitive to hire someone that old.”

When the show launches Jan. 9, the plan is for Rose to handle the 7 a.m. hour and King the 8 a.m., with holdover Erica Hill contributing to both. CBS News Chairman Jeff Fager says the new broadcast will do nothing less than “redefine the morning television landscape.”

Is that all? Heady stuff for a show in its third incarnation since last December; its eighth since ’99.

Having essentially two different programs will be too disruptive to morning viewers accustomed to a more discernible flow, according to Tyndall. “There is such a sharp break between what Rose

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Casey Anthony Found Not Guilty of Murder

“You are seeing the inside of a stunned courtroom.” Those were Nancy Grace‘s first words following the not guilty verdict against Casey Anthony in the murder of her daughter Caylee Anthony.

Geraldo Rivera on Fox News called it, “an absolutely breathtaking reversal of fortune” for the 25-year-old Anthony.

More than half dozen cable networks carried the verdict live, including HLN, truTV, Fox News, MSNBC, CNN, CNN International, and Fox Business.

ABC News produced a special report that went from 2:15pmET to 2:24pm with George Stephanopoulos and ABC News legal analyst Dan Abrams.

CBS News did a squeeze back of programming with the verdict as a crawl. The verdict, which came down during a live edition of CBS’ daytime chat show “The Talk,” brought host Julie Chen to tears. “We are in a very somber mood right now because the verdict in the Casey Anthony…. help me out here… so the verdict has come down in the Casey Anthony trial….” Holly Robinson Peete had to jump in to read the verdicts. “Our justice system works for a reason,” said Robinson Peete, choking up, “And as upset as I am right now, you just got to say to these jurors, you know, they had a job to do.”

So now, the 3-year-long mystery of who killed Caylee Anthony will remain just that.

The judge recessed the case at 2:27pmET. Casey Anthony was found guilty on four counts of making false statements to law enforcement. She will be sentenced on those counts on Thursday.

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