NEW YORK ( Associated Press) – Barbara Walters, the intrepid interviewer, host and television show host who was the first woman to become a newscast superstar during a career extraordinary in length and diversity, has died. He was 93 years old.
ABC television interrupted its programming Friday night to announce Walters’ death.
“He lived his life without any regrets. She was a trailblazer not only for women journalists, but for all women,” her publicist, Cindy Berger, said in a statement that Walters died peacefully at her home in New York.
An ABC spokeswoman had no immediate comment Friday other than to share a statement from Bob Iger, CEO of the network’s parent company, The Walt Disney Company.
Iger said, “Barbara was a true legend, a trailblazer not only for women in journalism but for journalism itself.”
During his nearly four decades at ABC and before that at NBC, exclusive interviews with rulers, royals and entertainers earned him celebrity status, while placing him at the forefront of a trend that turned TV reporters into stars.
Late in her career, she put a new spin on infotainment with “The View”, a live weekday coffee class that aired on ABC in which a group of female hosts discussed all kinds of issues and Hosted guests from the World Cup of Leaders to Teen Idol. , With that courage and that unexpected success, Walters considered “The View” to be “the icing on the cake” of his career.
A statement from the show said that Walters created “The View” in 1997 to “champion the voices of women.”
“We are proud to be a part of his legacy,” the note said.
Walters made headlines in 1976 by becoming the first female newscaster to earn an unprecedented $1 million salary, which caused a surprise. Her determination was legendary as she competed not only with rival networks but with her peers, as well as with as many interviewers as possible, for every major “accomplishment” in the world, including women following in her footsteps.
“I never expected this!”, he said in 2004, taking stock of his success. “I always thought I’d be a television writer. I never thought I’d find myself in front of a camera.”
But he was a natural on that stage, especially when he fired pointed questions at his interviewers.
“I don’t get scared when I do an interview, I don’t get scared!” he told the Associated Press in 2008.
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“I hope I will be remembered as a good and brave journalist. I hope some of my interviews, they didn’t make history, they saw history, even though I know that word has been used,” Walters told the Associated Press after leaving “The View” in 2014. “I think That when I see what I have done, I have a great feeling of having achieved things. I don’t want to sound proud and arrogant, but I think I’ve had a great career and I’m happy with it.”
Moore, who was a television reporter at The Associated Press for many years until his retirement in 2017, was the lead author of the obituary. Associated Press writers Stephanie Dazio and Alicia Rancilio contributed to this report.