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Two Dozen Women of TV News, Barbara Walters’ Legacy, Join Her on Her Final ‘View’

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For weeks we’ve been writing about the legacy of Barbara Walters. This afternoon, that legacy came to life in the finale of her final “The View,” taped at ABC’s West Side studios, and airing tomorrow.

TVNewser was there as more than two dozen women TV news anchors packed the stage, each introduced by Oprah Winfrey, among the guests on Walters’ final show. One by one, they greeted a stunned Walters, beginning with Diane Sawyer and continuing with Robin Roberts, Lara Spencer, Elizabeth Vargas, Amy Robach, Deborah Roberts, Katie Couric and Meredith Vieira; also, Jane Pauley, Savannah Guthrie, Natalie Morales, Cynthia McFadden, Gayle King, Maria Shriver, Juju Chang, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Hoda Kotb, Kathie Lee Gifford, Lisa Ling, Tamron Hall, Gretchen Carlson, Connie Chung, Paula Zahn, Deborah Norville, and Joan Lunden.

“I have to remember this on the bad days, because this is the best,” said Walters in the commercial break. “They just kept coming, and coming,” joked Sherri Shepherd. During the first part of the show, to keep it secret, the women hid out in Dr. Oz’s studio across the hall.

The show began with Hillary Clinton as the first guest. She encouraged Walters to take some time off — at least a week. Later, Walters said that’s part of her plan — a trip to Berlin is in the works, someplace she’s never been. Among the VIPs in the crowd, New York Knicks forward J.R. Smith. During another commercial break Walters’ joked to Smith that her retirement plans  include “buying the Clippers!” There are other highlights including a hilarious sketch (if you’re a Cheri Oteri fan, and we are) of Barbara interviewing Barbara.

“You’ll never see this again, folks,” Whoppi Goldberg said as the show wound down. “Only for Barbara.”

(Photos: Chris Ariens)

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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Amy Robach Inspires at NLGJA Gala, Plus a TV News Selfie

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ABC’s Amy Robach lit up the room last night as host NLGJA’s Healdines & Headliners event. Robach, who has three more chemotherapy treatments in her fight against breast cancer told the crowd that we all have battles to face, but it’s how you fight that will determine the win.

“Until it hits you here,” she said to the crowd, pointing to her heart, “you don’t really know what it’s like to be in battle. And once you get in there and get your hands a little bloodied and you see your comrades next to you, you become so powerful.” Robach told us the support she’s gotten since her diagnosis in November has been nothing short of overwhelming.

Robach, accompanied by her husband Andrew Shue, was among 300 attendees, including dozens of TV news anchors, reporters and producers who turned out for at the annual event. “They gave me the night off,” said CNN’s Richard Quest who has been front and center for the network’s Malaysia Airlines coverage.

MeredithVieiraAmyRobachWe chatted with Shepard Smith who was trading Miami stories with his former local news colleague, now Weather Channel meteorologist Bryan Norcross. And there was a cross-network, lead-in pairing as CNN’s Noon anchor Ashleigh Banfield was accompanied by MSNBC’s 1pm anchor Ronan Farrow. Farrow told us he’s getting more comfortable each day hosting his “Ronan Farrow Daily.” The cable news newbie says he’s getting good advice from TV veterans.

Tamron Hall told us she’s still adjusting to her new schedule. The new 9am “Today” show co-host is now doing double morning duty with her MSNBC show at 11am, giving her about 45 minutes to prepare for the second show. “I have very good producers who make sure it comes together,” Hall said.

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Amy Robach Hosts Headlines & Headliners

AMY ROBACHTonight is the annual NLGJA Headlines & Headliners benefit in New York City.

ABC’s Amy Robach is the host for the night. And unless breaking news gets in the way — as it did last night — here’s who’s scheduled to attend: ABC’s Gio Benitez and Mara Schiavocampo; from CBS, Erin Moriarity and Michelle Miller; NBC’s Meredith Vieira, Natalie Morales and Chris Jansing.CNN’s Ashleigh Banfield, John Berman, Don Lemon, Jeanne Moos and Michaela Pereira; Fox News Channel’s Jamie Colby and Shepard Smith; Melissa Francis and Gerri Willis from Fox Business; also MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts, Bloomberg’s Trish Regan, CNBC’s Simon Hobbs and many more.

The event raises awareness of LGBT issues and raises funds for NLGJA programs and scholarships.

Matt Lauer Teases Bob Costas’ Travel Plans: ‘You Taking The Red-Eye?’

Lauer CostasOn the “Today” show this morning, Matt Lauer poked a little fun at colleague Bob Costas over Costas’ Olympic battle with an eye infection.

“When are you taking off?” Lauer asked, with a dark sunglass-wearing Costas responding he’ll leave Sochi on Monday.

“You taking the red-eye home?” Lauer asked while laughing. “Did I walk into that or what?” Costas replied.

Costas also thanked Lauer and Meredith Vieira for filling in for him while he battled an eye infection, which he said made him feel miserable, adding he felt he wasn’t holding up his end of the bargain while he was out and his colleagues were working so hard.

‘I’m Bob Costas Sitting in Tonight for Matt Lauer and Meredith Vieira’

CostasBackBob Costas returned to NBC’s Olympic coverage tonight, dry eyes — and wit — intact.

“I’m Bob Costas sitting in tonight for Matt Lauer and Meredith Vieira,” deadpanned the longtime Olympics anchor at the start of Monday’s coverage.

Costas’s eye infection became one of the story lines of the first week of the Sochi games. “Too much attention spent on it,” Costas told Brian Williams earlier today. ”It just got to the point where they were so blurry and light sensitive, I couldn’t impose that on the public.”

Costas hosted the first night of coverage last Thursday, with an infection apparent in his left eye. Over the weekend, it spread to his right eye. By Tuesday, Lauer was called up to fill in. Meredith Vieira relieved Lauer on Friday and Saturday.

Before the first commercial break, Costas added: “My sincere thanks to Matt Lauer and Meredith Vieira, two friends and true pros who stepped in for me on short notice and my thanks to you who expressed your concern and my apologies for the unavoidable but uncomfortable circumstance of a broadcaster’s ill-timed affliction getting in the way, even for just a few moments, for what we all came here for: the Olympic games.”

Meredith Vieira Back on Primetime Saturday, After Watching Team USA Hockey Thriller

Meredith Vieira will be back tonight hosting NBC Olympics primetime and late night as Bob Costas continues to recover from an eye infection. Earlier today Vieira was among the spectators as Team USA Hockey beat Russia in an eight-round shootout final. NBC says the game was the most streamed hockey game in NBC Sports and NBC Olympics history. Due to the popularity of the game, portions will air tonight in primetime on NBC. The full game will air tomorrow on NBCSN beginning at 4:30pmET. Al Michaels and Mike “Doc” Emrick will join Vieira tonight on the primetime show to talk about the game. Michaels called the Miracle on Ice at the 1980 Lake Placid Olympics.

 

The Ticker: Frankel, Raman, Schur

  • Former CNN correspondent Aneesh Raman joins Ozy, the new media company co-founded by former MSNBC host Carlos Watson. Raman will be a senior editor based in Washington.

  • Former Fox News and CNN spokesperson Paul Schur has been promoted to VP of communications for Discovery Channel. At FNC, Schur oversaw PR for “Fox News Sunday.”

Meredith Vieira to Make NBC Olympics History

Bob Costasbad fortune will result in history tonight as Meredith Vieira becomes the first woman to anchor NBC’s Olympic primetime coverage.

“I’m really worried because I have to host primetime tonight…I’m filling in for Mr. C,” Vieira said in a phone call to “Today” this morning. “It’s an honor to fill in for him. You think about the Olympics, and you think the athletes and then Bob Costas.”

Matt Lauer has been filling in for Costas the last three nights. Costas — who has hosted NBC’s Olympics primetime coverage since 1988 — is starting to feel better from his eye infection and hopes to return soon.

This also gives a nice boost for Vieira who begins hosting her own daytime syndicated show this Fall. NBC has been pulling in more than 22 million viewers in primetime during the Sochi games.

‘Today’ Ticker: Top Job, Iced Out, Snowed In

  • Al Roker took on Georgia officials for being ill-prepared for Tuesday’s storm. “They took a gamble. They didn’t want to pre-treat the roads. I don’t think they wanted to spend the money,” said Roker. “This was poor planning on the mayor’s part and on the governor’s part.”

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