Barbara Walters announces the end of her Oscar specials

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What will Oscar night be without Barbara Walters’ tree questions and lap dances with guests? We’re not sure, but we will soon find out.

Walters announced this morning on ‘The View’ that her 29th special, which will feature interviews with nominees Sandra Bullock and Mo’Nique, will be her last.

‘I think I’m sick of them,’ Walters explained. ‘I feel I’ve been there, done that. 29 years is enough.’

When grilled by her co-hosts about why she was pulling the annual telecast which performs well with viewers and is well-respected in the industry, she said she felt she had been doing the same thing for 29 years.


‘You can switch the format a little bit and I love the fact that we have these stars and they’re both nominated,’ Walters said. ‘I felt it was enough.’

Asked by co-host Joy Behar why she didn’t wait another year and make it an even 30? ‘That would be cliche,’ Walters replied.

Walters, who left ’20/20' after 25 years, said she will still co-host ‘The View,’ go on special assignment for ABC News and continue her ‘The 10 Most Fascinating People’ special.

‘It seems really weird because it’s something I’ve always watched,’ co-host Sherri Shepherd responded on the air. ‘And I look forward to hearing what they have to say and you talking to them.’

‘What is the Oscars without the Oscar special’ piped in co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck.

Added co-host Whoopi Goldberg, who appeared on one of the specials: ‘It is one of those things that you did look forward to and you hoped to get that phone call if you were a nominee...The industry will be slightly less because you’re not doing it. I will just say that. I’m glad I got in when the getting was good.’

What do you think?

-- Maria Elena Fernandez (follow me on Twitter @writerchica)

Photo: Barbara Walters. Credit: Associated Press


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