Legendary newscaster and TV personality Barbara Walters mourned on social media after the news that she had died at the age of 93 on Friday.
Known for his high-profile celebrity interviews with celebrities like Mike Tyson, Katharine Hepburn, Fidel Castro, Sean Connery and many more, the megastar has crafted celebrity, hardcore interviews that garner tearful confessions for some of the world’s most iconic personalities. His talent has spanned American television for decades as the lead anchor on “ABC Evening News”, “20/20” and “Today” and as one of the original presenters of “The View”.
Praise for Walters came from his contemporaries, famous friends and admirers.
Oprah Winfrey paid tribute to Walters on Facebook.
“I wouldn’t be me if it wasn’t for Barbara Walters—nor would any other woman you see on the evening, morning, and daily news. He was truly a Pioneer, she. I always made my first TV auditions with him in mind. I am grateful for being such a powerful and gracious role model. I am grateful to have known him. I am grateful to follow in His Light.”
In a similar Facebook post, Arianna Huffington described Walters as “a legend and a pioneer” whose impact on journalism and culture is “huge”.
“On a personal level, I am filled with gratitude for the great role Barbara has played in my life, including being the beloved godmother of my eldest daughter,” Huffington wrote. “She was there for me during the big moments and the most intimate private moments. I will forever remember this day at Christina’s christening. I love you Barbara!”
Media figures and journalists took to Twitter with posts sharing how Walters influenced or inspired their lives.
Maria Shriver described Walters as a “pioneer” in a tweet.
“He was as much a mentor to me as a friend,” Shriver wrote. “A lot of women got into the news business because they did their job well.”
Meghan McCain, daughter of the late US Senator John McCain and a former host of “The View”, said Walters’ tough questions and hospitable demeanor made her a known name and leader in journalism.
“It is something I will always admire that he created The View,” McCain wrote in a tweet. “Rest in peace, you will forever be an icon.”
Instead of former “CBS Evening News” host Dan, he described Walters as a pillar of professionalism, courage, and integrity.
“Barbara Walters was a pioneer and a true professional,” he tweeted. “She worked harder, thought better, and ran faster than her competitors. For this she left the world for the better. She will be deeply missed. REST IN PEACE”
ABC News reporter Deborah Roberts also tweeted her tribute to her former colleague on “20/20”: “She will never forget the phone call when she asked me to join the groundbreaking show,” she wrote.
“He paved the way for many – we learned from him – and we admire him to this day,” tweeted ABC World News anchor David Muir.
Walters is survived by her second husband, theater producer Lee Guber, and her adopted daughter, Jacqueline.