Past and present hosts of The View celebrate the life of Barbara Walters

Former and current hosts of US news show The View have reunited to pay their respects to Barbara Walters after her death at the age of 93.

The presenter, who created the ABC show in 1977, was hailed by her colleagues as a “one-of-a-kind” journalist who “stopped sexism and ageism.”

The news of her death was announced by the network on December 30.

On Tuesday, hosts including Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Debbie Matenopoulos and Lisa Ling reunited for a special episode to celebrate her life and legacy.

“If it wasn’t for her, I don’t know where most of us would be,” Goldberg said at the top of the show.

“There was no one like her. There is no one like her and like all the firsts, she is the first and there are many of us duplicates, but there will never be a second Barbara Walters.”

“She was very anti-sexism and anti-age,” said Behar.

“She walked into the lion’s mouth… and started The View when she was 68, very few people start a new career at that age.

“She had no mentors or role models because she was the original role model for everyone else. So we have to give the woman a lot of credit.

“She was not only a friend to us, but she was one of a kind and very important to the industry.”

Matenopoulos said Walters “single-handedly changed my life.”

“I was a 22-year-old journalism student at NYU when she chose me to sit next to her on this show.

“It was like taking a journalism course with the most respected and famous female journalist in history. It was unbelievable.

“I owe her everything.”

The rest of Tuesday’s episode of The View featured multiple segments dedicated to Walters, with clips from her nearly forty years of work.

During her time at ABC and previously at NBC, Walters conducted exclusive interviews with rulers, royalty and artists including former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prince Charles before he became king.

Following the news of her death, Hollywood tributes poured in from famous faces including Oprah Winfrey, Reece Witherspoon, Hugh Jackman and Sir Paul McCartney.

Sir Paul, whose wife Nancy Shevell was Walters’ cousin, said Walters was an “incredible woman” who “more than made it through the early years of male-dominated television”.

“We will miss her, but we will always remember her with great fondness,” he wrote on Instagram.

US talk show host Winfrey also wrote on Instagram: “Without Barbara Walters, there would be no me – or any other woman you see on the evening, morning and daily news.

“She was indeed a pioneer. I did my first TV audition with her in mind the whole time.

“I am grateful that she was such a powerful and gracious role model.

“I’m glad I met her.

“Grateful I went in Her Light.”

Walters spokeswoman Cindi Berger told the Associated Press that she died “peacefully at her home, surrounded by loved ones.”

“She lived her life with no regrets. She was a pioneer not only for journalists, but for all women,” Berger said.

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