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Wednesday
Mar062013

Barbara Walters Caught Chickenpox from Frank Langella

ABC/Donna Svennevik(NEW YORK) -- Barbara Walters finally admitted who she contracted chickenpox from on Tuesday, after trying to be coy about the specifics during her return to The View on Monday.

"I said yesterday that it was a famous actor, who had the shingles ...I gave him a hug and I got the chickenpox, but I didn't say who he was," Walters said Tuesday on The View.  "So today...it is Frank Langella."

Langella is a Tony Award-winning actor, best known recently for his portrayal of as Richard Nixon in the Broadway play and later the film, Frost/Nixon.

On Monday, Walters attempted to protect the 75-year-old actor's privacy by giving only the necessary details to concerned viewers.

"...I was visiting a friend in Miami and she had as another guest a well-known actor who shall be nameless.  And I gave him a New Year's hug and a kiss on the cheek.  The next day he left.  What he didn't know then and I didn't know at all was that he was about to develop a bad case of shingles," she said.

As Walters explained to the audience, she contracted chickenpox from the shingles virus because she never had the highly contagious disease as a child.

The 83-year-old journalist returned to The View on Monday after six weeks of recuperation after fainting and falling on a stair at the British ambassador's residence over Inauguration weekend.  After being taken to the hospital to be examined by doctors, Walters discovered she had contracted chickenpox, which was what had caused her to faint.

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Thursday
Feb072013

Barbara Walters Won't Return to "The View" for Three Weeks

ABC/RON TOM(NEW YORK) -- After suffering a concussion and coming down with the chicken pox in the same week, it's no wonder that Barbara Walters still isn't ready to come back to ABC's The View.  The veteran ABC journalist called into the daytime talk show on Wednesday to explain why she'll be out for the next three weeks.

"I have been a little weak.  I am not in any pain.  I'm not scratching too much," the 83-year-old said.  "I'm not itching away."

"But that does not mean that I don't listen to every single word!" Walters added.

Walters fainted and fell on a stair at the British ambassador's residence over Inauguration weekend and out of an abundance of caution, was taken to the hospital to be examined by doctors.  There, she discovered she had contracted chicken pox, which was what had caused her to faint.

Walters was transferred to a New York hospital and was later released.

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Tuesday
Jan222013

Barbara Walters Recovering After Inauguration Weekend Fall

ABC/Donna Svennevik(NEW YORK) -- Barbara Walters is recovering after an inauguration weekend fall, and said she expects to be released from the hospital soon.

"Barbara went to Washington to cover the inauguration.  She missed a step and had a fall, which cut her upper temple.  The doctors stitched her up and she is doing fine, but they want her to take it easy," Whoopi Goldberg said on The View Tuesday.

In a statement, Walters, 83, said she wanted to "thank all the people who have called, written and been concerned about me".

"I am running a low grade fever and the doctors are keeping me in the hospital until my temperature is normal.  I'm pleased to say that it is going in the right direction and I will be home soon," the veteran ABC News journalist said.

Walters fell Saturday on a stair at the British Ambassador's residence, and out of an abundance of caution, was taken to the hospital to be examined by doctors.

In 1976, Walters joined ABC News as the first woman to co-host the network news.

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Wednesday
Dec122012

Barbara Walters' 'Most Fascinating People' Special Airs Wednesday

ABC/RON TOM(NEW YORK) -- On Wednesday night, ABC will air its special Barbara Walters Presents: The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2012.

The network has already revealed seven of the newsmakers on the list: Fifty Shades of Grey author EL James, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas, Ben Affleck, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, British boy band One Direction and Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane.

Furthermore, Barbara Walters has told Us Weekly that she also included Alana "Honey Boo Boo" Thompson.

So who is the most fascinating person of the year?  You'll just have to tune in and find out.  The 90-minute special begins at 9:30 p.m. Eastern time.

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Tuesday
Nov202012

Ben Affleck Among Barbara Walter's "10 Most Fascinating People"

Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- Ben Affleck and Seth MacFarlane both made Barbara Walters' annual Most Fascinating People special, which airs next month on ABC.

In the special, Walters will run down the year's most prominent people in the fields of entertainment, sports, politics and popular culture.

There are 10 people in all, and in addition to Affleck, the director and star of Argo, and McFarlane, the creator of Family Guy and upcoming Oscar host, Walters will also highlight Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Fifty Shades of Grey author EL James, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and boy band One Direction.

Barbara Walters Presents: The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2012 will air on Dec. 12 at 9:30 p.m. Eastern time.  The number one most fascinating person of the year won't be revealed until that night.

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Tuesday
Nov132012

Lindsay Lohan 'Disappoints' Barbara Walters

Stefania D'Alessandro/Getty Images for amfAR(NEW YORK) -- Barbara Walters is not happy with Lindsay Lohan.

The Mean Girls star cancelled her interview with Walters to sit down with Jay Leno instead, having her press people call Walters at the last minute, claiming, “Lindsay doesn’t feel up to it.”

Walters spoke out on The View Monday morning, saying she deserved an explanation for Lohan’s impromptu cancellation.

“If they had said to me, ‘You know Barbara, she isn’t up to the kinds of questions you might ask.’  If they had told me that, I wouldn’t feel quite as disappointed as I do today,” Walters said.

Walters traveled to Los Angeles in June for the first part of her planned 20/20 interview with Lohan.  While on set of the actress’ upcoming Lifetime movie, Liz and Dick, Walters asked her about her health.

“But one night you had a little trouble getting up and they called the paramedics.  Was that just exhaustion?” Walters said.

“I think I was just honestly tired.  I needed a nap for 15 minutes and then there were seven paramedics in a room, so imagine how I felt,” Lohan said.

In the end, Walters on Monday wished Lohan a good recovery.

“I wish Lindsay the best.  We would have done a wonderful interview.  I hope she feels well,” Walters said.

Lohan’s interview with Leno is set to air next week.

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Friday
Dec162011

ABC Says Barbara Walters Isn't Retiring, Despite Report

ABC/ Heidi Gutman(NEW YORK) -- Barbara Walters, whose Most Fascinating People special aired this week, was the subject of a fascinating rumor on Thursday. TMZ.com reported that following an interview with President Barack Obama, Walters told him, "I need one more interview with you because I'm retiring next year."

ABC denies the 82-year-old legendary newswoman and View co-host is leaving its ranks. An ABC News executive has implied that Walters was just joking.

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Wednesday
Dec142011

Barbara Walters' 'Most Fascinating People' Special Airs Wednesday

ABC/DONNA SVENNEVIK(NEW YORK) -- Who was the most fascinating person of the year?  Viewers will learn the answer Wednesday night, when ABC airs Barbara Walters Presents: The 10 Most Fascinating People Of 2011.

The 19th edition of Barbara Walters' special will include profiles on former GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain, the Kardashian family, Modern Family stars Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Eric Stonestreet, The X Factor judge Simon Cowell, Donald Trump, pop star Katy Perry, Kate Middleton's sister Pippa Middleton, and New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter.  The identity of the most fascinating person will be revealed at the end of the 90-minute special.

Barbara Walters Presents: The 10 Most Fascinating People Of 2011 airs at 9:30 p.m. Eastern time on ABC.

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Tuesday
Dec132011

Exclusive: Paula Abdul Wanted Me, Simon Cowell Says

Todd Williamson/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Simon Cowell says that he and Paula Abdul “didn’t like each other” when they began together as judges on American Idol.

“I mean, the truth was, on the first two seasons, we couldn’t travel on the same plane together,” he told Barbara Walters for The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2011.  “We really disliked each other that much.”

He attributes the friction between them to “sexual tension…on her part.”

“You think…Paula Abdul wanted you?” Walters asked.

“A million percent,” he laughed.  “I considered it, but then I thought, I don’t think the after would be as good as the before.”

Cowell joked that he wouldn’t want to wake up in the morning with Abdul: “I’d let her stay for a few hours, but then it would have to be goodnight.”

Cowell has since hired Abdul as a judge on The X Factor, and says their relationship has changed for the better.

“We obviously like each other, and I think you can see that,” he said.

Watch ABC's Barbara Walters Presents: The 10 Most Fascinating People of the Year Wednesday, Dec. 14 at 9:30 p.m. ET.

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Wednesday
Nov302011

Kardashians to Be Featured on Barbara Walters' 'Most Fascinating People'

Scott Kirkland/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- You might not find the Kardashian family to be fascinating, but Barbara Walters apparently does.

The Kardashians will be featured on the TV special, Barbara Walters Presents: The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2011.

USA Today reports the special will also feature Modern Family stars Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Eric Stonestreet, along with Simon Cowell, New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter, Donald Trump, singer Katy Perry and Britain’s Pippa Middleton.  Walter’s number one “Most Fascinating Person of 2011” will be announced on the show.

The ABC special, now in its 19th season, will air at 9:30 p.m. Eastern time on Dec. 14.

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