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Oprah Winfrey, Hillary Clinton Surprise Barbara Walters During Her "View" Farewell

Fri, 16 May 2014 11:07:34 +0000

ABC/ Ida Mae Astute(NEW YORK) -- After 17 years as co-host of The View, the ABC daytime program she created, Barbara Walters says goodbye to the show on Friday.

Walters and her crew -- Whoopi Goldberg, Sherri Shepherd and Jenny McCarthy -- actually taped the episode on Thursday. She was surprised by guests such as Oprah Winfrey, Michael Douglas and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Speaking with ABC News Radio, Winfrey says Walters inspired her as a teen to pursue a career in journalism. She says, "I, for the first year of my television career, actually created this facade of pretending to be Barbara Walters."

Winfrey praises Walters for paving the way for newswomen such as her. She says, "We all recognize that had it not been for her we would not have had a shoulder to stand on. We all now get to glide across that road that she laid brick by brick for us."

During Thursday's taping, Winfrey introduced other journalists who undoubtedly feel the same way, including Diane Sawyer, Robin Roberts and Katie Couric.

Goldberg says Walters was "shocked" by the guests who dropped by the set.

Walters will continue to serve as an executive producer of The View.  

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