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Barbara Walters On Retiring in 2014: ‘This Is What I Want To Do’

As expected, ABC’s Barbara Walters announced her retirement on “The View” today. The show kicked off with Walters introducing a brief career retrospective, followed by her formal announcement:

“I have been on television–continuously–for over 50 years,” Walters said. “But in the Summer of 2014, a year from now, I plan to retire from appearing on television at all. It has been an absolutely joyful, rewarding, challenging, fascinating and occasionally bumpy ride, and I wouldn’t change a thing. I am perfectly healthy, this is my decision and I have been thinking about it for a long time. This is what I want to do.”

The audience in “The View” studio was filled with executives, including ABC News president Ben Sherwood (“Not only the best president of a news division but also the tallest,” Walters joked), ABC executive VP Vicki Dummer, ABC entertainment president Paul Lee, Disney-ABC TV group president Anne Sweeney and Disney CEO Bob Iger, who shared the story of when he first met Walters back in 1976.

He was a production assistant, and was asked to bring something to Walters’ dressing room. He wasn’t expecting her to be there, but she was, and she was very kind to him.

“From then on you called me Jim, my name is Bob,” he quipped, adding more seriously:

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Piers Morgan’s Big Month

CNN host Piers Morgan has quietly had one of his strongest months yet since joining CNN.

In terms of bookings, Morgan has lined up interviews with guests that are not regulars on cable news, and in some cases only make media appearances once every few years. Justice Antonin Scalia, filmmaker Michael Moore and the former President of Pakistan Pervez Musharraf have all been on the show, while interviews with New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg, Senator John McCain and actor Robert Blake have all made news themselves. Tonight Morgan interviews Mitt Romney in London.

In the ratings, Morgan is CNN’s top program in total viewers, and is having its best week since February of this year.

With the Olympics still to come, Morgan is on track to have one of his strongest months editorially and ratings-wise since January of last year, when he started his show off with a bang and some big guests.

Colorado Shooting: Sunday Update

Colorado politicians were the lead guests on all of the Sunday public affairs shows. Governor John Hickenlooper was on ABC’s “This Week” and NBC’s “Meet the Press,” while a local Representative and some local officials were on CBS “Face the Nation.” Update: CBS notes that “Face” was the only show with Aurora Sheriff Daniel Oates, as well as New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg and Israeli Prime Minster Benjamin Netenyahu.

ABC also obtained video of the killer, from when he was attending a science camp at 18 years old:

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With President Obama visiting Colorado this afternoon, the cable news channels are going live tonight, even in hours that have traditionally been for pre-taped programming or reruns.

On Fox News, “Fox Report” will have live coverage at 7, with Colorado native Jon Scott anchoring, while Jeanine Pirro will anchor her program from Colorado at 9 PM. Update: FNC will be live at 10 PM now, too. On CNN, Don Lemon will anchor a two-hour special from Colorado from 8-10PM ET. On MSNBC, Chris Jansing will anchor from Colorado from 7-10PM ET.

Dick Clark Dies at 82

Television legend Dick Clark has died of a heart attack at the age of 82.

Clark was a prolific television host, helming game shows such as “Pyramid,” the famous variety show “American Bandstand” and of course “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve,” which has been a New Year’s television staple for 40 years.

Born in Mount Vernon, New York, Clark first gained national attention as the host of “American Bandstand,” which made the jump from a local Philadelphia station to ABC in 1957.

“New Years Rockin’ Eve” first appeared on NBC in 1972, moving to ABC in 1974, where it has remained ever since. Clark has led the countdown to the new year every December 31, with the exception of 2004, when he was recovering following a stroke.

Leading that New Year’s countdown was incredibly important to Clark, as he recounted in a 1999 interview:

“The key is, it is very nice to be welcomed into people’s celebrations,” Clark said. “Though we are probably wallpaper in the background for a lot of people, when that five minutes to midnight hits, it is for all the people, counting down with you.”

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Anchors, Celebrities Toast Regis Philbin At His Last ‘Live!’

This morning was Regis Philbin‘s last day co-hosting “Live! with Regis and Kelly,” and ABC went all-out to celebrate the man who holds the record for most hours spent in front of a TV camera. Attendees included Former NBC and CBS News anchor Katie Couric, who recently joined ABC, Couric’s former “Today” colleague Bryant Gumbel, “ABC World news” anchor Diane Sawyer, Disney CEO Bob Iger, former “Today” anchor Meredith Vieira, former “Good Morning America” anchor Joan Lunden, current “GMA” anchor Robin Roberts, Philbin’s former “Live!” co-host and current “Today” co-host Kathie Lee Gifford, actors Tony Danza and Alan Alda, cable news regular Donald Trump and more.

“I will always remember spending these mornings together,”Philbin said at the close of the program. “I hope to see you all again real soon.”

While Philbin may return to TV at some point, today’s event was treated as something of a retirement party, with New York City Mayor (and Bloomberg TV founder) Mike Bloomberg presenting Philbin with a key to the city, and Iger unveiling a plaque in Philbin’s honor outside of Disney’s New York headquarters on Columbus Avenue.

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‘Early Show’ Snags New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg in Exclusive Saturday

With a gay marriage bill passing the New York State legislature last month, same-sex couples are preparing to wed. One of those couples are John Feinblatt and Jonathan Mintz, both staffers for New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg. Bloomberg will officiate at their wedding on Sunday.

Saturday morning Bloomberg, Feinblatt and Mintz will give what the network says is an exclusive interview to CBS’ “The Early Show” to talk about the occasion, as well as what it means to Bloomberg.

Update: Not exactly an exclusive, as Bloomberg, Mintz and Feinblatt will also be guests on ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday morning.

Vice President Joe Scarborough? Don’t Bet On It

The Huffington Post ran a story last night suggesting that New York City Mayor and Bloomberg TV founder Mike Bloomberg and MSNBC host and former Republican congressman Joe Scarborough are considering running on an independent presidential ticket in 2012.

On this morning’s “Morning Joe,” Scarborough dumped a bucket of cold water on the story. This was despite “Morning Joe” regular and marketing guru Donny Deutsch having already come up with a slogan and campaign sign for the ticket (pictured).

I am starting to get a little irritated, because I said, we haven’t talked directly about this, indirectly about this, there is nothing to this. And then they said somebody very close to the mayor says, I want to be Vice President. That’s a joke!

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Mike Bloomberg Weighs In On LeBron James Decision… On FBN

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New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg has weighed in on the LeBron James sweepstakes… on Fox Business Network.

Bloomberg, who founded FBN competitor Bloomberg Television, is in Sun Valley, Idaho for the annual Allen & Co. media conference.

FBN correspondent Adam Shapiro caught up with Bloomberg on the street and asked him his thoughts on James going to the Miami Heat, rather than joining the New York Knicks or New Jersey (and soon to be Brooklyn) Nets.

Video of Bloomberg’s response is after the jump.

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