Oprah Winfrey helps Barbara Walters say farewell

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Oprah Winfrey helps Barbara Walters say farewell
THE VIEW - The View has been celebrating Barbara Walters' unparalleled career all season with The Year of Barbara, a look back at many of her most notable interviews, originally featured on ABCs 20/20.' On WEDNESDAY, MARCH 26 (11:00 a.m.-12:00 noon, ET), attorney Sunny Hostin is the featured guest co-host and joins Whoopi Goldberg, Sherri Shepherd, Jenny McCarthy and Walters for the hour. 'The View' airs Monday-Friday (11:00 am-12:00 pm, ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Lou Rocco/ABC via Getty Images)
THE VIEW - Broadcasting legend Barbara Walters says goodbye to daily television with her final co-host appearance on THE VIEW, airing FRIDAY, MAY 16 (11am-12noon, ET) on the ABC Television Network. A surprise appearance from Oprah Winfrey leads to one historic, monumental television event when Winfrey does a landmark roll call of introducing 25 incredible female journalists who were influenced by Barbara Walters. (Photo by Ida Mae Astute/ABC via Getty Images)
THE VIEW - 5/15/14 - For the first time in television history, all 11 co-hosts of ABC's 'The View,' present and past, shared the same stage, live, THURSDAY, MAY 15 on ABC to celebrate the shows creator Barbara Walters. Walters is the last remaining co-host of the original panel of five women she helped assemble. 'The View' airs Monday-Friday (11:00 a.m.- 12 noon, ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Lou Rocco/ABC via Getty Images)
THE VIEW - Barbara Walters says farewell to live daily television with her final co-host appearance on The View, the daytime program she created for ABC airing Friday, May 16, 2014. 'The View' airs Monday-Friday (11:00 a.m.- 12 noon, ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Lou Rocco/ABC via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 14: Chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company Bob Iger, journalist/tv personality Barbara Walters and former Mayor of New York City Michael Bloomberg attend A Celebration of Barbara Walters Cocktail Reception Red Carpet at the Four Seasons Restaurant on May 14, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 14: Journalist/tv personality Barbara Walters attends A Celebration of Barbara Walters Cocktail Reception Red Carpet at the Four Seasons Restaurant on May 14, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 12: Barbara Walters and Diane Sawyer attend the 'Barbara Walters Building' ABC News Headquarters Dedication Ceremony on May 12, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 12: (L-R) James Goldston, President ABC News; Bob Iger, chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company; Anne Sweeney, Co-chair, Disney Media Networks and President, Disney/ABC Television Group; ABC News anchor Diane Sawyer; Barbara Walters; ABC News anchor David Muir, ABC 'Good Morning America' anchor Robin Roberts and ABC 'Good Morning America' anchor George Stephanopoulos attend the dedication ceremony as ABC News headquarters in New York is proclaimed 'The Barbara Walters Building' ABC News Headquarters Dedication Ceremony on May 12, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 10: Media personality Barbara Walters attends The Guild Hall of East Hampton: Academy Of The Arts Lifetime Achievement Awards at Sotheby's on March 10, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 30: Barbara Walters attends the 'A Long Way Down' New York Premiere at City Cinemas 123 on June 30, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/WireImage)
THE VIEW - Legendary broadcaster Barbara Walters will make her first ever guest appearance on 'The View,' the daytime program she created for ABC, on Friday, June 27, 2014. 'The View' airs Monday-Friday (11:00 am-12:00 pm, ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Lou Rocco/ABC via Getty Images)
Broadcast journalist Barbara Walters addresses an audience at the John F. Kennedy School of Government on the campus of Harvard University, Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014, in Cambridge, Mass. Walters, known over her long career for interviews with newsmakers including Cuban leader Fidel Castro and Britain's first female prime minister, Margaret Thatcher, was a news anchor and co-host for decades. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
This May 10, 2014 photo released by NBC shows cast member Cecily Strong, left, with TV personality Barbara Walters during an appearance on the Weekend Update segment of "Saturday Night Live," in New York. On Friday, May 16, 2014, capping a spectacular half-century run she began as the so-called "Today" Girl, Walters will exit ABC's "The View." Behind the scenes she will remain as an executive producer of the New York-based talk show she created 17 years ago, and make ABC News appearances as events warrant and stories catch her interest. Walters has often been parodied on the weekly sketch comedy series. (AP Photo/NBC, Dana Edelson)
This image released by ABC shows host Barbara Walters, left, with New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and his wife Chirlane McCray on ABC's "The View," Monday, April 21, 2014 in New York. De Blasio is proclaiming May 16 as “Barbara Walters Day” in New York City. Walters is retiring that day after a storied television reporting career that has spanned five decades. (AP Photo/ABC, Lou Rocco)
Television journalist Barbara Walters attends the opening night of "A Time To Kill" on Broadway on Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013 in New York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)
This 1970s image released by NBC shows, clockwise from foreground left Jim Hartz, Lew Wood, Gene Shalit, and Barbara Walters from the NBC News "Today" show in New York. Wood, a veteran broadcast journalist who covered the 1963 assassination of John F. Kennedy for CBS and later anchored the news report for NBC's "Today" show, died Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013 at a hospice in Riverside County, Calif. He was 84. (AP Photo/NBC)
This image released by ABC shows Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Barbara Walters, co-hosts on "The View," during a broadcast on Wednesday, July 10, 2013, in New York. Wednesday was Hasselbeck's last day on the daytime talk show. Her exit came less than 24 hours after it was announced that Hasselbeck will join Fox News Channel and the "Fox & Friends" morning show in September. (AP Photo/ABC, Heidi Gutman)
This image released by American Broadcasting Companies shows Barbara Walters answering a phone to take donations for victims of Superstorm Sandy during "Good Morning America," Monday, Nov. 5, 2012 in New York. Walters made a contribution of $250,000 to the American Red Cross and GMA co-host George Stephanopoulos followed suit with a donation for $50,000. (AP Photo/American Broadcasting Companies, Lou Rocco)
Broadcast journalist Barbara Walters addresses an audience at the John F. Kennedy School of Government on the campus of Harvard University, Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014, in Cambridge, Mass. Walters, known over her long career for interviews with newsmakers including Cuban leader Fidel Castro and Britain's first female prime minister, Margaret Thatcher, was a news anchor and co-host for decades. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
Barbara Walters attends the The Public Theater’s annual gala at The Delacorte Theater on Monday, June 23, 2014 in New York. (Photo by Donald Traill/Invision/AP)
Barbara Walters attends A Celebration of Barbara Walters at the Four Seasons Restaurant on Wednesday, May 14, 2014 in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
Television journalist Barbara Walters attends a screening of "Jersey Boys" on Monday, June 9, 2014, in New York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)
Television newswoman Barbara Walters is seen in this undated photograph. (AP Photo)
Television journalist Barbara Walters attends a special screening of "Lee Daniels' The Butler" hosted by O, The Oprah Magazine at Hearst Tower on Wednesday, July 31, 2013 in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Barbara Walters attends the Broadway opening of "After Midnight" on Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013 in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
Television journalist Barbara Walters attends the opening night of "A Time To Kill" on Broadway on Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013 in New York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)
Television journalist Barbara Walters attends a special screening of "Lee Daniels' The Butler" hosted by O, The Oprah Magazine at Hearst Tower on Wednesday, July 31, 2013 in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Television journalist Barbara Walters attends a special screening of "Lee Daniels' The Butler" hosted by O, The Oprah Magazine at Hearst Tower on Wednesday, July 31, 2013 in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
This image released by ABC shows Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Barbara Walters, co-hosts on "The View," during a broadcast on Wednesday, July 10, 2013, in New York. Wednesday was Hasselbeck's last day on the daytime talk show. Her exit came less than 24 hours after it was announced that Hasselbeck will join Fox News Channel and the "Fox & Friends" morning show in September. (AP Photo/ABC, Heidi Gutman)
Award recipient Barbara Walters attends the eighth annual Made in NY Awards on Monday, June 10, 2013 in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
Barbara Walters. left, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Katherine Oliver attend the eighth annual Made in NY Awards on Monday, June 10, 2013 in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
Barbara Walters arrives at the Lucky Guy Opening Night, on monday, April, 01, 2013 in New York, NY. (Photo by Dario Cantatore/Invision/AP)
Barbara Walters arrives at the New York City Ballet Fall Gala honoring fashion designer Valentino Garavani at Lincoln Center on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012 in New York. For this one night only Valentino will create costumes for three ballets.(Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP Images)
FILE - This Sept. 20, 2012 file photo shows Barbara Walters, host of the ABC daytime talk show "The View," arriving at the New York City Ballet Fall Gala honoring fashion designer Valentino Garavani at Lincoln Center in New York. Walters says the paparazzi were lying in wait, but she's not saying anything about her future employment. Walters returned to "The View" on Monday, after reports circulated widely the previous Friday that she would be retiring from television in May 2014. The television news legend is 83 years old. She said photographers were waiting for her as she went to work on Monday, expecting she would discuss her future plans on the air. Instead, Walters had nothing to say about whether or not the stories were true, saying "I have no announcement to make." Walters created "The View" in 1997. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, file)
FILE - This June 23, 2012 file photo shows Barbara Walters presenting an award onstage at the 39th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif. Walters has the chickenpox and remains hospitalized more than a week after going in after falling and hitting her head at a pre-inaugural party in Washington on Jan. 19. A fellow host on the “The View,” Whoopi Goldberg, said Monday, Jan. 28, that Walters has been transferred to a New York hospital and hopes to go home soon. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, file)
Barbara Walters, right, presents the lifetime achievement award to Bill Geddie onstage at the 39th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards on HLN at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Saturday, June 23, 2012 in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Barbara Walters poses backstage at the 39th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards on HLN at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Saturday, June 23, 2012 in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Invision/AP)
Barbara Walters attends the "Today" show 60th anniversary celebration at the Edison Ballroom on Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012 in New York. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)
Television journalist Barbara Walters attends the "One For The Money" premiere at the AMC Loews Lincoln Square theater on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012 in New York. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)
Barbara Walters and Oscar de la Renta attend the Diane von Furstenberg show during Fashion Week in New York, Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes)
COMMERCIAL IMAGE In this photograph taken by AP Images for The Hollywood Reporter Bill OReilly and Barbara Walters are seen at The Hollywood Reporter 35 Most Powerful People in Media event on Wednesday, April 11, 2012 in New York. (Brian Ach/AP Images for The Hollywood Reporter)
Barbara Walters attends "Lincoln Center Presents: An Evening With Ralph Lauren" at Alice Tully Hall on Monday, Oct. 24, 2011 in New York. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)
Barbara Walters presents the "Legend Award" on stage during the 2011 TV Land Awards show on Sunday, April 10, 2011 in New York. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes)
Oscar de la Renta, left, and Barbara Walters attend Woman’s Day magazine’s Eight Annual Red Dress Awards in New York, Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes)
Barbara Walters attends Woman’s Day magazine’s Eight Annual Red Dress Awards in New York, Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes)
James McCartney, left, son of Paul McCartney, and Barbara Walters, walk the red carpet at the Kennedy Center Honors, in Washington, on Sunday, Dec. 5, 2010. The 2010 honorees are Merle Haggard, Jerry Herman, Bill T. Jones, Paul McCartney, and Oprah Winfrey. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
FILE - In this Sept. 20, 2010 file photo, Barbara Walters attends the premiere of "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps" at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini, file)
Barbara Walters attends the premiere of 'Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps' at the Ziegfeld Theatre on Monday, Sept. 20, 2010 in New York. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)
FILE - In this file TV publicity image released by ABC, from left, Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Barbara Walters, Elizabeth Hasselbeck and Sherri Shepherd pose on the set of their daytime talk show, "The View." Walters plans to retire next year, ending a television career that began more than a half century ago and made her a trailblazer in news and daytime TV. Someone who works closely with Walters says the plan is for her to retire in May 2014 after a series of special programs saluting her career. The person was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke to The Associated Press on Thursday, March 28, 2013 on condition of anonymity. (AP Photo/ABC, Heidi Gutman, File)
President Barack Obama, center, during his guest appearance on ABC's television show "The View" in New York, Wednesday, July 28, 2010. Sitting with Obama are Barbara Walters, left, and Joy Behar, right. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
Journalist Barbara Walters leaves the funeral for CBS anchorman Walter Cronkite at St. Bartholomew's Church Thursday, July 23, 2009 in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
FILE - In this May 9, 2009 file photo, Barbara Walters attends the 2009 White House Correspondents' Association Dinner at the Washington Hilton in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini, file)
Barbara Walters attends the 2009 White House Correspondents' Association Dinner at the Washington Hilton on Saturday, May 9, 2009 in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)
Barbara Walters attends the premiere of "Bride Wars" in New York on Monday, Jan. 5, 2009. (AP Photo/Peter Kramer)
TV Personality Barbara Walters arrives at the The New York Public LibraryÕs 2008 Library Lions Benefit in New York on Monday, Nov. 3, 2008. (AP Photo/Peter Kramer)
Regis Philbin, right, and Barbara Walters are seen at the Daytime Emmy Awards on Friday June 20, 2008 in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
Barbara Walters presents the award for outstanding drama series to "General Hospital" at the 35th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles on Friday, June 20, 2008. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
Television personality Barbara Walters participates in a panel discussion featuring the hosts of ABC's "The View" at The Paley Center for Media, Wednesday, April 9, 2008 in New York. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)
TV Personality Barbara Walters arrives at The Apollo Theatre for the premiere of "American Gangster", Friday, Oct. 19, 2007 in New York. (AP Photo/Peter Kramer)
TV Personality Barbara Walters arrives at The Apollo Theatre for the premiere of "American Gangster", Friday, Oct. 19, 2007 in New York. (AP Photo/Peter Kramer)
Barbara Walters arrives to the opening of the Metropolitan Opera 2006/07 season, Monday, Sept. 25, 2006, in New York. (AP Photo/Dima Gavrysh)
TV anchor Barbara Walters, arrives to the opening night of the play "The History Boys", Sunday, April 23, 2006 in New York. "The History Boys" features the original London cast, and is the winner of the Olivier, Evening Standard and London Critics Circle Awards for Best Play. (AP Photo/Dima Gavrysh)
President of the Museum of Television & Radio, Pat Mitchell, left, speaks with television personality Barbara Walters, right, at the Museum of Television & Radio's annual gala held in New York, Feb 2, 2006. (AP Photo/Stuart Ramson)
News anchors Joan Lunden, left, and Barbara Walters arrive at Good Morning America's 30th anniversary cocktail party at Lincoln Center in New York, Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2005. (AP Photo/Shiho Fukada).
Barbara Walters presents the award for outstanding miniseries during the 56th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards Sunday, Sept. 19, 2004, at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)
Barbara Walters arrives at the 56th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, Sunday, Sept. 19, 2004, at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
FILE - In this Feb. 4, 1999 file photo, Barbara Walters and Mike Wallace pose for photographers before the start of a gala for The Museum of Television and Radio in New York. Wallace, the dogged, merciless reporter and interviewer who took on politicians, celebrities and other public figures in a 60-year career highlighted by the on-air confrontations that helped make "60 Minutes" the most successful primetime television news program ever, has died. He was 93. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
Dan Rather, co-anchor of the CBS Evening News, and his wife Jean, right pose with Barbara Walters at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on Wednesday, Nov. 10, 1993 in New York. They were attending a 25th anniversary party for CBS' "60 Minutes" news program. Walters, previously with CBS, now works at ABC. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
Televison broadcast journalist Barbara Walters holds her induction award at the 6th annual Academy of Television Arts and Science's Hall of Fame in Los Angeles, Ca., on Jan. 7, 1990. (AP Photo/Doug Sheridan)
TV broadcaster Barbara Walters is shown at a benefit dinner held in commemoration of World Aids Day, December 1, 1989, in New York City. (AP Photo/Frankie Ziths)
FILE - In this Jan. 10, 1989 file photo shows fashion designer Oscar de la Renta, left, and journalist Barbara Walters, right, posing with first lady Nancy Reagan at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, where the first lady was awarded the Council of Fashion Designers of America's Lifetime Achievement Award for her contributions to fashion. The designer, who died Monday, Oct. 20, 2014, at 82, shaped American couture half a century ago when it emerged as a serious rival to European fashion designers. (AP Photo/Ed Bailey, File)
ABC television newscaster Barbara Walters poses with her new husband, Merv Adelson, moments after their wedding ceremony in Beverly Hills, Calif., May 10, 1986. Adelson is chairman and chief executive officer of Lorimar Telepictures. (AP Photo/Peter Borsari)
Barbara Walters hugs her new husband, Merv Adelson, moments after their wedding in Beverly Hills, Calif., May 10, 1986. The ceremony took place at the home of their friends, Wendy and Leonard Goldberg in the presence of their immediate family and closest friends. Walters is an ABC newswoman and Adelson is chairman and CEO of Lorimar-Telepictures. (AP Photo/Peter C. Borsari)
Carole Channing, left, and television personality Barbara Walters look over program with composer-lyricist Jerry Herman at a Broadway Theater. The three were chatting between the acts of "Jerry's Girls", a show at Ted Hook's Onstage on Sept. 1, 1981 in New York which includes much of Herman's show tunes. (AP Photo/ David Gould)
American television newscaster Barbara Walters is shown at the 34th annual Emmy Awards banquet at Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles, Calif., September 12, 1982. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
John Ehrlichman, former aide to President Richard Nixon talks with interviewer Barbara Walters in 1982. (AP Photo)
FILE - This May 8, 1980 file photo, former President Richard M. Nixon answers question during interview by ABC television personality Barbara Walters in New York. On Friday, May 16, 2014, capping a spectacular half-century run she began as the so-called "Today" Girl, Walters will exit ABC's "The View." Behind the scenes she will remain as an executive producer of the New York-based talk show she created 17 years ago, and make ABC News appearances as events warrant and stories catch her interest. (AP Photo/Ray Stubblebine, File)
Barbara Walters reacts to as she stands next to Dr. Henry Kissinger at a dinner honoring the former secretary of state on May 3, 1980 by the Friars Club at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel. Kissinger will receive the "Man of the Year" award at this testimonial dinner in New York. (AP Photo)
ABC's television news anchorwoman Barbara Walters, right, blows out the candles on an apricot cake during a party celebrating her 46th bithday, at a midtown Manhattan restaurant in New York, September 26, 1977. Holding the cake is Lenore Hershey, editor of the Ladies' Home Journal. (AP Photo/Carlos Rene Perez)
Television personality and newswoman Barbara Walter with ABC sports commentator Howard Cosell, after the two embraced during at reception prior to Multiple Sclerosis Dinner of Champions. The charity event was held on Nov. 30, 1977 at New York's American Hotel. (AP Photo/Ron Frehm)
A smiling Barbara Walters chats with co-host Harry Reasoner following her debut as the nation's first female anchorwoman, on ABC's evening news program, in New York, October 5, 1976. (AP Photo/Ray Stubblebine)
Walters Barbara shown after opening night on the ABC evening news with Anchor partner, Harry Reasoner on Oct. 4, 1976. (AP Photo)
Walters Barbara shown after opening night on the ABC evening news on Oct. 4, 1976. (AP Photo)
Barbara Walters, right, chats with co-host Jim Hartz during the "Today" broadcast on Thursday, June 3, 1976 from New York. Thursday marked Walters' last five appearance on the National Broadcasting Company Network. (AP Photo/Dave Pickoff )
Television newswoman Barbara Walters, co-host of NBC's Today Show, gestures as she describes something to a staff member, in New York City, June 3, 1976. Today will be Walters' last live appearance on NBC as she joins ABC to become the rival networks' evening news anchorwoman. (AP Photo)
Television newswoman Barbara Walters reacts during her appearance as co-host on NBC's Today Show, in New York City, April 23, 1976. Walters announced she has accepted an ABC offer to become the rival networks' evening news anchorwoman. (AP Photo)
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NEW YORK (AP) -- Oprah Winfrey and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton surprised Barbara Walters on Thursday as the legendary newswoman taped her final edition of "The View" to end a five-decade career on television.

Actor Michael Douglas, a longtime friend and frequent subject for Walters' interviews, also dropped by for the tribute, which airs Friday on ABC at 11 a.m. EDT.

Looking smart in a cream-colored blazer and a black skirt, the 84-year-old Walters was presiding over a studio audience of friends, colleagues and fans on hand to witness a bit of history.

Although she will retain a behind-the-scenes role as executive producer of the talk show she created 17 years ago, she is ending her daily on-air involvement, while limiting ABC News appearances to the occasional story or interview.

"I can't believe this day has come, and I can't believe it's for real," Clinton told Walters, who began her career on NBC's "Today" in 1962, then came to ABC in 1976, where her many duties ranged from co-anchoring "20/20" to hosting scores of specials as well as "The View."

Typically, Walters couldn't let Clinton get away without fielding the question on so many minds: Is she running for president in 2016?

"I am running," smiled Clinton. "Around the park."

A bit later, Douglas brought the subject up again with Walters.

"If Hillary runs," he said, "I bet you'd be a great vice president."

Some of the best moments happened during commercial breaks, never to be seen by viewers. Then audience members could snap photos and interact with Walters and her co-panelists (Whoopi Goldberg, Sherri Shepherd and Jenny McCarthy). At one point Walters, spying the New York Knicks' J.R. Smith in the stands, broke up the room by telling him that, now, with retirement, "I just want you to know I'm buying the Clippers."

The audience erupted at the sight of Winfrey, who told Walters, "You're the reason I wanted to be in television."

"You shattered the glass ceiling for so many women," said Winfrey, who then brought on a startling parade of them, some two dozen prominent on-air women including Diane Sawyer, Katie Couric, Robin Roberts, Gayle King, Connie Chung and Joan Lunden.

"You are my legacy," Walters, visibly moved, said to them as they crowded around her onstage.

The hour had its comic twist: In a pre-taped segment, Walters (who, after all, has interviewed everybody else) lobbed some questions at herself, in the person of former "Saturday Night Live" player Cheri Oteri doing a spot-on Walters imitation.

Barbara asked faux-Barbara what she plans to do in retirement, drawing the response that she means to do some things she never had time for in the past. For example: "I'd like to get a Costco card."

Walters brought the hour to a close with a heartfelt statement looking back with amazement on her career, then signing off with a pledge to "take a deep breath and enjoy my `View.'"

But a more telling moment took place during a break, as the throng of women she had paved the way for posed with her for a group portrait. It was a remarkable tableau.

"I have to remember this on the bad days," Walters said quietly, "because this is the best."

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