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    She’s Back!

    Rosie’s Explosive Return

    Seven years after quitting ‘The View,’ Rosie O’Donnell returned to the couch. Funny, engaging, and reliably controversial, she proved her unparalleled worth.

    “Is Hasselbeck here? Just checking.”

    With one naughty, haughty question, Rosie O’Donnell transports us all back to what was, at once, the most exciting and despicable time in daytime television: the Rosie O’Donnell/Elisabeth Hasselbeck wars of 2007. It was energizing, captivating television, watching two strong women unapologetically articulate their respectively controversial viewpoints and un-self-consciously debate and defend them against each other. It would’ve been inspiring had the moments—and they were the epitome of television “moments”—been organic. Instead, they were so callously orchestrated by The View’s producers (remember that offensive Jerry Springer-esque split screen shot?) that O’Donnell—that rare breath of air that’s fresh precisely because it’s a bit crude and rancid—quit the show feeling disgraced and used.

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    JUST TALK

    Couric Rumored to Replace Walters

    On 'The View.'

    First the engagement, and now this! Rumor has it that Katie Couric may be called to fill Barbara Walters’s very big shoes on The View when she retires in 2014. One problem might be that Katie Couric already has a talk show, called Katie, that just started a second season. A bigger problem? No one is watching it, according to Daily News sources who say the show will likely be canceled this winter. Walters, however, denies the talk. “I love Katie, and we are good friends,” she said. “But there is no truth to the rumor that she will be taking my place.” Sure, Babs, that’s what you said about Elisabeth Hasselbeck’s retirement, too.

    Read it at The Daily News
  • Walters Barbara shown after opening night on the ABC evening news with Anchor partner, Harry Reasoner on Oct. 4, 1976. (AP)

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    Barbara Walters Retiring in 2014

    She will remain executive producer of ‘The View.’

    She’s really doing it. The legendary interviewer will announce her departure from TV journalism this Monday on The View. After 37 years with ABC News, Walters will be retiring next summer. She’ll remain executive producer of The View, which she created in 1997. Walters began her career at NBC with the Today show, and moved to ABC in the 1970s, becoming the first female anchor on an evening news program. “I am very happy with my decision and look forward to a wonderful and special year ahead both on The View and with ABC News,” she says of the announcement.

    Read it at ABC News
  • Barbara Walters, Mouna Ghanem and Zainab Salbi during the Women For Women International on 'Syria: Women in War' at the 
Women in the World Summit 2013 on April 4, 2013. (Marc Bryan-Brown)

    SOLUTIONS

    Listen to Syria’s Women

    Syrian activist Mouna Ghanem tells Barbara Walters that rebels will only get rid of Assad through negotiation—and women need to be at the table.

    Barbara Walters took the stage at Lincoln Center on Thursday evening and asked a seemingly simple question about Syria: “Tell me why we should care?”

    The provocative query kicked off a lively debate during the first panel discussion at the Women in the World Summit between Walters and her two guests, Iraqi-American writer Zainab Salbi and Syrian opposition activist Mouna Ghanem.

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    BABA WAWA

    Barbara Walters Has Chicken Pox

    Has been hospitalized for more than a week.

    Barbara Walters has been hospitalized with the chicken pox. The 83-year-old journalist was hospitalized over a week ago after a fall. At first doctors said they would not release Walters because she had a fever, and it turns out that she has the disease that most people get as children. Whoopi Goldberg made the announcement during a taping of The View on Monday, saying “No scratching.” After suffering a fall on Jan. 19 in Washington, D.C., Walters was taken to the hospital for observation. She has since been transferred to a hospital in New York.

    Read it at The Associated Press