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Barbara Walters exits ‘The View’ with star-studded sendoff

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It’s the end of an era. Legendary TV news journalist Barbara Walters marked her last day on her groundbreaking daytime chat fest “The View” with a star-studded goodbye from more than two dozen TV, entertainment, and news icons. On Friday, May 16, the 84-year-old television legend was joined by a slew of surprise guests as she sat on “The View” panel for the last time.

According to TV Guide, the surprise sendoff included appearances by everyone from Hillary Clinton to “Saturday Night Live” alum Cheri Oteri, who famously spoofed Walters and “The View” crew on some hilarious “SNL” skits back in the day.

Walters also got a visit from longtime pal and birthday buddy Michael Douglas, as well as an impressive lineup of 25 female anchors from every major news network, including Diane Sawyer, Katie Couric, Connie Chung, Robin Roberts, Hoda Kotb, Kathie Lee Gifford, Julie Chen, Savannah Guthrie, and Joan Lunden.

Even Oprah Winfrey, who has long made it known that she aspired to “be” Barbra Walters when she was growing up, stopped by to thank her mentor for being a trailblazer: "Of course I'm here," the OWN head honcho said of her surprise pit stop. "Like everyone else, I want to thank you for being a pioneer and everything that means …You are the reason that were all here and the reason I wanted to be in television," Winfrey added.

Earlier this week, Walters’ ten former “View” co-hosts (the current panel plus Meredith Vieira, Star Jones, Debbie Matenopoulos, Joy Behar, Lisa Ling, Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Rosie O'Donnell) assembled at a supersize table to trade stories about working with the TV icon. O’Donnell and Hasselbeck even sat next to each other, before Jenny McCarthy offered a shout out for a group photo. You can see the picture here, courtesy of The Wrap.

While Walters joked on Friday that with all the free time she has she’ll now “have time to get Botox,” the retirement isn’t the total end of her TV career. She’ll still appear on ABC News from time to time, and with any luck her annual “10 Most Fascinating People” special will still turn up later this year.

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