Barbara Walters Wraps 50 Years On Television
Barbara Walters walked out for the last time as co-host of The View, bringing an end to her storied career in broadcasting.
INSIDE EDITION was behind-the-scenes for the emotional farewell that was full of surprises.
Walters' reaction was pure surprise when Hillary Clinton walked on the set. She had no idea Hillary was coming on.
Walters said, "I thank you for coming on. It was a surprise."
"You're hard to surprise," said Hillary.
Backstage, Walters told INSIDE EDITION, "I never expected Hillary Clinton. I don't know how they kept it a secret."
Our cameras were there as Barbara Walters and another TV legend, Oprah Winfrey embraced backstage.
Walters told Winfrey, "I can't tell you, I mean I don't have the words. I know how busy you are."
Winfrey said, "She has been the number one inspiration to me since I was a teenage girl watching the Today show."
Then, Winfrey announced a who's who of women in television news who wouldn't be where they are today if not for Barbara Walters. INSIDE EDITION's Deborah Norville was so proud to be invited to participate in the special celebration. One by one, women lined up. And when it was Norville's turn, she whispered a quick thank you in Walters' ear.
Backstage, Walters told INSIDE EDITION, "I looked and there was this long line of women. Almost every woman in the business who took the time out of their day to come and say nice things to me. It was huge and it was very moving."
They all posed for a class photo. As she said her final goodbye, Barbara made it clear that the end of her time on The View is just the beginning of a new chapter in her remarkable life.
Walters said, "And finally, how proud when I see all the young women who are making and reporting the news. If I did anything to help that happen, that is my legacy."