Barbara Walters, creator of ‘The View’, dies at 93

12-time Emmy winner Barbara Walters, who created and starred in The View, has died at the age of 93.

Walters started the show in 1997 and stayed on until she retired jn 2014. Many who knew Walters have issued paid tribute to her on social media, thanking her for leading in the world of journalism and broadcasting.

“Barbara Walters will always be known as a trail blazer. Her hard hitting questions & welcoming demeanor made her a household name and leader in American journalism,” former View co-host Meghan McCain tweeted.

“She was the ultimate ceiling breaker for women in television for which we all were lucky enough to follow. Her creation of The View is something I will always be appreciative of. Rest in peace, you will forever be an icon,” McCain added.

“So often we toss around the words icon, legend, trailblazer – but Barbara Walters was all of these. And perhaps, above all else, Barbara Walters was brave. She paved the way for so many – we learned from her – and remain in awe of her to this day. RIP, Barbara,” tweeted ABC Anchor David Muir.

“Rest in peace Barbara. Thank you for all of it. I am forever grateful for all the years, the laughs, the support and just being in your presence @TheView I was the lucky one,” Mario Cantone tweeted.

“Thank you Barbara Walters for giving a shy girl who didn’t like to debate a seven-year chance of a lifetime. Thank You for allowing me to find my voice and encouraging me to fly. My heart hurts, but I’ll always love you Lady!” said Sherri Shepherd.

Rosie O’Donnell also shared a photo of her with Walters, saying only one word: “Legend.”

“An amazing woman. Amazing loss. Shattering the glass ceiling is a huge understatement. She decimated it. Paved the way for so many. I feel very proud/humble to have known her & to have worked with her. Condolences to her loved ones & the entire @TheView family. #RipBarbaraWalters,” Rosie Perez said.




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