Paying respects to a legend. Celebrities mourned the loss of legendary journalist Barbara Walters after her death at the age of 93.
Walters died on Friday, December 30, with the former anchor’s publicist confirming the news to Us Weekly. “Barbara Walters passed away peacefully in her home surrounded by loved ones,” Cindi Berger shared in a statement. “She lived her life with no regrets. She was a trailblazer not only for female journalists, but for all women.”
The Massachusetts native was best known for her work on the Today show, 20/20 and The View. Walters was one of the creators and founding hosts of the popular daytime talk show.
Shortly after the news broke, Star Jones — who was one of the original hosts of the ABC talk show alongside Walters — took to social media to mourn the loss of her former colleague. “I owe Barbara Walters more than I could ever repay. Rest well sister … mother … friend … colleague … mentor,” she tweeted at the time.
Meghan McCain later joined The View after Walters left the program. The television personality paid her respects to the news icon. “Barbara Walters will always be known as a trail blazer. Her hard hitting questions & welcoming demeanor made her a household name and leader in American journalism,” she tweeted. “Her creation of The View is something I will always be appreciative of. Rest in peace you will forever be an icon.”
Disney CEO, Bob Iger, also shared his sentiments about Walters’ passing via social media. “I have sad news to share today Barbara Walters passed away this evening at her home in New York,” he wrote alongside a photo of the late reporter, which also included a longer tribute on behalf of the Walt Disney Company.
“Barbara was a true legend, a pioneer not just for women in journalism but for journalism itself. She was a one-of-a-kind reporter who landed many of the most important interviews of our time, from heads of state and leaders of regimes to the biggest celebrities and sports icons,” the message read. “I had the pleasure of calling Barbara a colleague for more than three decades, but more importantly, I was able to call her a dear friend. She will be missed by all of us at The Walt Disney Company, and we send our deepest condolences to her daughter, Jacqueline.”
Walters spent six decades of her life dedicated to reporting the news and interviewed notable icons and political figures including Audrey Hepburn, Fidel Castro, Christopher Reeve, Michael Jackson and Vladimir Putin. One of her most notable one-on-ones was with Monica Lewinksy following the news of her affair with former president Bill Clinton.
The Emmy award-winning talk show host inspired many in the industry, including Alyssa Milano. “Rest In Peace, Barbara Walters,” the actress tweeted on Friday. “Thanks for helping me find my voice.”
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