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80th Annual Academy Awards

Ellen Page and Barbara Walters by Craig Sjodin/ABC

Now that the strike’s finito, there’ll be plenty of star power strutting down the red-carpet wearing outfits worth more than most people's cars. And ABC is giving you an extra special treat right before the show begins: Barbara Walters Oscar Special. Yes, the View co-host will be getting personal with the likes of Ellen Page, Vanessa Williams, Harrison Ford and Miley Ray Cyrus (not to be confused with Miley Cyrus). And side note—Jon Stewart will be hosting the main event, so get ready to laugh. Watch it now! | More online videos read more

Barbara Walters Previews Her Most Fascinating List

Barbara Walters, 10 Most Fascinating People

When her first 10 Most Fascinating People special aired, Barbara Walters wondered whether anyone would be interested. Well, 15 years later, what's now an annual ritual is still going strong, and Thursday night (10:02 pm/ET, ABC) it serves up Bill Clinton, David and Victoria Beckham, Justin Timberlake, Katherine Heigl, Jennifer Hudson, Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez, and MySpace founders Tom Anderson and Chris DeWolfe. (There's also a "surprise" interview, as well as the always-secret "Most Fascinating Person.") TV Guide: So, how does one get on your prestigious list?Barbara Walters: We knew that we wanted to do the Beckhams, and because each of them is famous, they're two of my people. I had never interviewed them and I [feared] they're such huge celebrities they're going to want special this, special that... but they were just adorable. You don't have to be famous, but we don't want read more

Barbara Walters Lands First Q&A with Scandal-plagued Don Imus

Barbara Walters has landed the first interview with disgraced radio shock jock Don Imus since he was fired last April. The I-man will talk with Walters on her annual 10 Most Fascinating People of 2007 special that airs Dec. 6 on ABC. Imus is making his return to radio on Monday, when he takes over the morning slot on Citadel Broadcasting's WABC. CBS Radio and cable outlet MSNBC canned him after his racist and sexist on-air comments about the Rutgers women's basketball team. — Stephen Battaglio read more

Barbara Walters Is Thankful for Finished Autobiography

Heads up, Star and Rosie! Your former colleague and boss Barbara Walters has finally finished her memoirs. The news vet turned producer/host of The View announced on Monday's talker that after 1 1/2 years at the keyboard, she finished writing her autobiography over the Thanksgiving weekend. The tome is due in bookstores in May, she reports, and has "a great title"... which she wouldn't reveal. "I hate this book," Walters said several times, presumably joking. "It's too personal!" She may hate it, but we love it! Not that we expect any real dirt on the rich and famous from the always politic Ms. Walters. (Just a little grime will do.) — Ileane Rudolph read more

Jane Wyman Tribute, Lisa Rinna's "Girls" and More Short Cuts

Turner Classic Movies will pay tribute to the late Jane Wyman on Friday with telecasts of seven of her films, including Johnny Belinda and The Lost Weekend. The marathon starts at 6 am/ET.... Lisa Rinna invites gals to show "their girls" some love by logging onto PlaytexFits.com, a "virtual playground for bras and boobs".... Barbara Walters premieres a weekly Sirius Satellite Radio call-in show Monday at 6 pm (Channel 102).... This year's Kennedy Center Honors, airing Dec. 26 on CBS, will salute the careers of Steve Martin, Diana Ross, Martin Scorsese, Brian Wilson and pianist Leon Fleisher.... DVD releases have been set for Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (Oct. 2) and Monty Python's Life of Brian (pushed back to Nov. 20). read more

The New View: No Big Whoop

Whoopi Goldberg and Barbara Walters by Steve Fenn/ABC

Whoopi Goldberg has always had a wonderfully distinct point of view, and one that’s probably just right for her new job on The View. But unlike her immediate predecessor in the cohost seat, this POV is not trained entirely on herself. For me, that’s a relief.Tuesday’s 11th-season opening of ABC’s daytime squawk show was a pretty low-key lovefest, as the gang embraced Whoopi while catching fans up on how they spent their summer vacation: Elisabeth Hasselbeck became more noticeably pregnant, Joy Behar nursed a virus and Barbara Walters made progress on her memoirs. Elizabeth and Joy displayed family photos. And Whoopi? Didn’t have much to reveal about herself (though she did sit for a pro forma taped biographical profile at the end). She’s just a hardworking gal these days, spending four hours on the radio each early a.m. before heading over to the Hot Topics table.Are these back-to-back morning gigs going to stretch her too thin? Whoopi seemed almost too... read more

Barbara Walters Not Ready to Dish on Rosie's Tell-all

Barbara Walters by Donna Svennevik/ABC

Rosie O'Donnell may have left The View in a huff, but she still has only good things to say about Barbara Walters on her blog. And just today Walters told reporters that she "has nothing but warm feelings for Rosie" and that O'Donnell is welcome to come back as a guest — though probably not as a guest host. So we asked Walters if Rosie had sent her a copy of Celebrity Detox, her new book (due out Oct. 2), which reportedly deconstructs O'Donnell's tempestuous year as moderator on The View. “Yes, she did,” Walters says. Did she read it? “Yes, I did.” Would she give us her opinion of the tell-all? “No, I don’t think so.” Guess we’ll have to wait until Walter's own long-awaited memoir comes out this spring. — Reporting by Ileane Rudolph read more

The View to Unveil New Cohost on Sept. 10

Bill Geddie and Barbara Walters by Michael O'Neil/ABC

It may have been Whoopi Goldberg's first day as the new View moderator, but the show's powers-that-be, Barbara Walters and fellow executive producer Bill Geddie, were already thinking ahead this morning.Walters tells TV Guide that the long-vacant fifth seat will be filled "very soon," definitely before Elisabeth Hasselbeck's maternity leave starts in early November. Though they won't disclose the identity of their top choice, they did reveal that the new host will be a woman who has guest-hosted in the past. "It is someone you will know; we're not trying out any more," Geddie says. "Nobody need send me tapes. This is it, it's happening soon." So let's welcome Sherri… or Kathy… or… who knows?! We’ll keep you posted. —Reporting by Ileane RudolphUPDATE: Barbara Walters subsequently announced on Wednesday's show that the new panelist — still unnamed — would start Monday, Sept. 10. read more

TV News Reporters Remember the Death of Diana

Princess Diana courtesy NBC

August 31 will mark 10 years since Princess Diana of Wales died in a high-speed car crash in Paris. For weeks it was a major saga that consumed television news. Here's how some of the journalists who covered it remember the shocking tragedy.Piers Morgan of America's Got Talent who was then the editor of England’s Daily Mirror: I went out to dinner on the night she died. I got a call about 1 am U.K. time saying her car had been in an accident and that Dodi Fayed was hurt and Diana was OK. Then I got a call saying Dodi was dead. By then I realized this was a huge international news story. So I went to my office at the Daily Mirror, we marshalled our team, and by 3:30 or 4 am we had 200 journalists in the newsroom. At 4 am I got a call from one of our journalists who was with British royal secretary Robin Cook, who had heard from the French ambassador that Diana was dead. I remember sitting back in my chair feeling a mixture of emotions. On a professional level, I thought this was... read more

Whoopi Goldberg to Join The View

Whoopi Goldberg by Theo Wargo/WireImage.com

After weeks of speculation, Barbara Walters announced live on The View today that Whoopi Goldberg will be the new cohost of the daily ABC chatfest."I love you guys. This is a big ol' thrill for me," said Goldberg when she was introduced on the show this morning. "The thing I'm looking forward to the most is all the hot topics."After joining cohosts Walters, Joy Behar and Elisabeth Hasselbeck on The View for the big announcement, Goldberg closed the show in true View fashion: "Have a great day, everyone, and take a little time to enjoy the view."“I have known Whoopi for years," Walters said in a statement. "She is brilliant, funny and irrepressible, and is an enormously popular and talented star. We are delighted that she is going to join the program as our moderator. This is going to be a great new chapter for The View."Goldberg will become a permanent fixture on The View on Sept. 4 when the show kicks off its 11th season. Goldberg is no stranger to the show, having appeared as... read more

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