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Barbara Walters Celebrated at Cocktail Reception

ABC/ Ida Mae Astute(NEW YORK) -- Less than 48 hours before she makes her final appearance as co-host of The View, ABC celebrated Barbara Walters with a cocktail reception at the Four Seasons Restaurant in New York City on Wednesday night.

Walters was there, of course, as were past and present ABC colleagues such as Robin Roberts, George Stephanopoulos, Katie Couric, Whoopi Goldberg, Meredith Vieira, Star Jones, Joy Behar, Jenny McCarthy and McCarthy's fiancé, Donnie Wahlberg.

Also in attendance: Woody Allen, Joan Rivers, Al Roker, Clark Gregg and Chloe Bennett of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Nashville's Charles Esten, and former New York City Mayor Rudy Guiliani.

Walters reiterated to ABC News Radio that while she'll continue to serve as executive producer of The View, she will no longer appear on the show on a daily basis. She said, "It's time...I know I'm doing the right thing."

Walters is looking forward to having what she calls "unstructured time." She explained, "I've always worked. I've always had, 'You gotta be here now, you gotta be there, you gotta show up...' It will be nice to have free time."

Good Morning America co-anchor George Stephanopoulos said he's learned tips from Walters through the years, including the importance of asking simple questions and preparing for an interview, as well as "tenacity."

Couric recalled that Walters gave her advice when she had a rocky start as the new anchor of the CBS Evening News. Couric said Walters told her, "Keep doing what you're doing. Don't worry about it. It comes with the territory." Couric added, "Just having someone who's been there and experienced some of the same things was always so comforting and reassuring."

Rivers is convinced that Walters will not lay low after Friday. She declared, "Barbara is an icon. Icons don't retire."

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