Barbara Walters Opens Up About Her Past, Present, and Future

May 12, 2014

It's hard to believe, but Barbara Walters is saying goodbye to The View this Friday. After 50 years on the air and countless interviews, the 84-year-old has managed to create an indelible legacy in TV.

Barbara sat down with ET Special Correspondent and CBS This Morning's Gayle King and revealed that it's not the interviews or sound bites that will be her legacy, it's the successful women on TV that have come after her.

"I feel that I have a legacy and I feel that the legacy is not this interview or that interview, my legacy is you, my legacy is Oprah," she said. "There are so many women today who are so good and I look and think, did I help to make that happen?"

The legendary TV personality paved the way for many other female journalists to come. But getting there was not a walk in the park. Especially when it came to co-anchoring the ABC Evening News with Harry Reasoner in 1976.

"I mean my partner didn’t want me. He made it very clear," she said. "The public didn’t want me I was drowning and there was no life preserver. That's when by the way I had to work my way back and did my best work."

Check out the video above to see what Barbara plans on doing the Monday after she says goodbye to The View.



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