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Polished Edge: Barbara Walters of ‘The View’
Q: What do you foresee for “The View” when you retire next year?
A: It’s very strange, because it’s my show, and I created it, but I never moderated it. I always gave it to somebody else because I was very busy doing “20/20,” and as a newsmagazine, that does not exist in the same way now.
I had already hired Whoopi Goldberg, though, and it’s a whole new and wonderful career for her. She moderates it most of the time -- I do it one day a week -- and Whoopi loves to moderate. I don’t think she’d give it up.
Q: Has Jenny McCarthy brought what you hoped she would when she became one of “The View’s” co-hosts at the start of this season?
A: Both Jenny and Sherri (Shepherd) are life-givers. They are funny, they are sweet, and they will do anything. I saw this when we were all at the Disneyland Resort recently. They are just two adorable women. And we may one day get a man (as a co-host).
Q: How satisfying is it for you that what transpires on “The View” still is talked about often?
A: “The View” was the first of its kind, and now I see a lot of shows copying it ... even some of the news shows, with lots of people sitting around a desk, lots more combinations of people, more interplay among the people. We started that on “The View,” and it will continue. Will it change when I leave? Yes, but the format will continue, with hot topics and hot interviews.
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