Barbara Walters' Last Day on The View Features Surprise Visits From Hillary Clinton, Oprah Winfrey
Barbara Walters' last day on The View is off to a pretty great start! Minutes into the legendary journalist's final episode as co-host on Friday, May 16, Walters got a surprise visit from a very special friend: former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Clinton walked in behind an unsuspecting Walters, who greeted the former First Lady with a big hug. "I can't believe this day has come," the politician said, before rattling off a few highlights in the 20/20 host's career. "The [Most] Fascinating [People] list has been, you know, a particular interest of mine," Clinton—who topped the list in 2013—quipped.
The Hard Choices author went on to offer some advice to the retiring ABC star, telling her to "take some time off" to enjoy her life. "You have a wealth of friends who adore you. Spend time with them, take a vacation," she said.
Of course, Walters couldn't let Clinton go without one last question—is the former First Lady planning to run for President in 2016? "Well, I'm running around the park," Clinton teased, dodging the question and noting that she's focused on family at the moment. (Daughter Chelsea is expecting her first child with husband Marc Mezvinsky.) "I'm so excited I can hardly stand it," the grandmother-to-be gushed.
Later in the show, fellow talk show vet Oprah Winfrey paid a surprise visit to the show. Joining Walters and co-hosts Jenny McCarthy, Sherri Shepherd, and Whoopi Goldberg at the table, the OWN mogul said Walters "meant the world to her"—and to her career.
"You are the reason I wanted to be on television," Winfrey said. "Thank you for being a pioneer and everything that that word means. It means being the first—the first in the room to knock down the door, to break down the barrier. I thank you for [your] courage."
Also in the studios for Walters' last day? Pal Michael Douglas, and a parade of female news anchors including Katie Couric, Diane Sawyer, Connie Chung, Elizabeth Vargas, Robin Roberts, Savannah Guthrie, Hoda Kotb, Kathie Lee Gifford, Mika Brzezinski, Gayle King, and Lisa Ling.