Michael Douglas & Oprah Winfrey Salute Retiring Barbara Walters

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May 16, 2014 | 3:19pm EST

Michael Douglas, Oprah Winfrey and former First Lady Hillary Clinton helped veteran newswoman Barbara Walters celebrate her TV retirement on Friday by making surprise appearances on her longrunning daytime show The View.
The 84 year old’s final episode as co-host of the talk show aired on Friday and Douglas, Winfrey and Clinton were among the guests who turned out to wish her well after a career spanning over five decades.
Joining Walters and co-hosts Whoopi Goldberg, Jenny McCarthy and Sherri Shepherd at the top of the show, former Secretary of State Clinton said, “I can’t believe this day has come, and I can’t believe it’s for real.”
Actor Douglas then reunited with his old pal to reminisce about their longtime friendship and gushed to Walters, “You’re an extraordinary person, inside and out. You have the warmest heart, you are the most generous person I have ever seen, you give the greatest parties and I love you, I really do.”
Media mogul Winfrey also appeared on air to heap praise on Walters, who became the nation’s first female co-anchor of a network news program in the 1970s, explaining, “You’re the reason I wanted to be in television. You shattered the glass ceiling for so many women.”
Winfrey went on to introduce a slew of female TV newscasters to the show to salute Walters, including Diane Sawyer, Arnold Schwarzenegger’s estranged wife Maria Shriver, Katie Couric and Robin Roberts.
Walters, also known for her Most Fascinating People TV interview specials, won’t be retiring completely – she plans to continue working as a producer of The View, the panel talk show she launched 17 years ago.

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