Barbara Walters Retiring Next Year? Latest Update

By Deena Bustillo on
Apparently famed talk show host Barbara Walters is getting ready to step down from her throne. She reportedly told President Barack Obama that she's planning to retire next year, but really she kinda told the world because her mic was on and a whole crowd of people heard the news. Whoops!TMZ jumped on the story, and reports she was interviewing Obama at the White House and during a break she leaned over and told him: "I need one more interview with you because I'm retiring next year."But...Read Full Story

Sherri Shepherd Outraged at Barbara Walters' Use of the 'N-word'

By Darrick Thomas on
(Getty Images) On yesterday's broadcast of morning talk show The View, Barbara Walters used the 'n-word' during a conversation concerning a hunting camp used by Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry. The camp has gotten Perry in a bit of controversy after claims that the property was named after the inflammatory term, but some of the View crew got prickly when Walters chose to say the word when reporting the story. The "n-word" was dropped first by Whoopi Goldberg, who was annoyed...Read Full Story

Barbara Walters Reveals 2010 'Most Fascinating People' Picks

By Deena Bustillo on
Getty ImagesWe love this time of year: the winter white, the holidays, and lots and lots of year-end lists. This week, Barbara Walters released a sampling of the stars on her 2010 Most Fascinating People list. Hooray! The talk show host revealed 8 of the 10 picks, and they include a princess, pop star, and one really classy lady -- along with the group that introduced much of the world to the GTL lifestyle.The 8 stars named so far: Kate Middleton, Justin Bieber, Sandra Bullock, Betty...Read Full Story

Barbara Walters Surgery

By Charlotte Brittan on
Barbara Walters' surgery for a defective heart valve seems to be taking well as the popular talk show host has eased back into working following the procedure. Barbara Walters underwent surgery on her heart on May 14, 2010, after being diagnosed with an aortic valve stenosis that was preventing her circulatory system from working at full capacity. Following the surgery, a representative assured her fans that Barbara was in good health and good spirts. The 80-year-old co-host of The View...Read Full Story

Barbara Walters Comes Back to 'The View' via Skype

By Olivia on
She's back! Barbara Walters returned to The View this morning, two months after undergoing heart surgery, and she made a big, high-tech splash with her appearance. The hostess used Skype to connect with her fellow co-hosts and even got a standing ovation from the audience. According to E! News, she said, "I am fully recovered!" She also thanked fans for all the well wishes she received during her recovery. Walters went into some of the details of her procedure, but she kept the tone light...Read Full Story

Barbara Walters Surgery 'Went Well'

By Olivia on
Go ahead and breathe a sigh of relief, fans of The View. Host Barbara Walters is recovering after her heart surgery last month, the 80-year-old's rep revealed: "Barbara Walters' surgery went well and the doctors are very pleased with the outcome." Walters had to undergo a valve replacement on her heart because one of the valves needed to be replaced, according to It was getting "tighter and smaller."Recovery for this type of procedure can take anywhere from one to three months...Read Full Story

Barbara Walters to Have Heart Surgery Later This Week

By Deena Bustillo on
Barbara Walters just keeps going and going, but she's taking a little forced "vacation" later this week -- to have heart surgery. She announced the news today on the View, after only telling her co-hosts earlier this morning, and said she's known about the faulty heart valve for a while. She should be back to her old self in no time following the operation. Barbara Walters (Getty) "Lot of people have done this and I have known about this condition for a while now. My doctors and I have...Read Full Story

Barbara Walters Worries She Ruined Ricky Martin's Career

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(Getty Images) Barbara Walters is stepping down from her duties as Oscar interview queen after her final Academy Awards special Sunday, and while she's had an incredibly successful 29-year run, she has one regret. "In 2000, I pushed Ricky Martin very hard to admit if he was gay or not, and the way he refused to do it made everyone decide that he was," she told the Toronto Star in a recent interview. "A lot of people say that destroyed his career, and when I think back on it now I feel it...Read Full Story

No More Oscars Specials for Barbara Walters

By Olivia on
You know the drill. Every year Barbara Walters sits down with some of Hollywood's A-listers to chat about the upcoming ceremony and find out what it's like to be, well, a Hollywood A-lister. But the 2010 Barbara Walters Special will be the last. The legendary host announced her decision to quit the tradition (which she's been doing for three decades!) last month on The View. She said (via "ABC has asked me to keep doing these specials as they have been so successful -- and...Read Full Story

Lady Gaga, Kate Gosselin, and Michael Jackson's Kids Among Barbara Walters' Most Fascinating People

By Olivia on
Getty ImagesBarbara Walters has released her annual list of the 10 Most Fascinating People -- besides the top slot, of course, which she always keeps a surprise -- and some of the year's biggest names were recognized. Celebrities, their offspring, althletes and political figures alike have captured Walters' attention in 2009. According to, singers Lady Gaga and Adam Lambert were both included, presumably because the former faked her own death onstage and the latter got...Read Full Story