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Surprise Sendoff for Barbara Walters

Women who consider Walters their pioneer, gathered for an all-star celebration.
3:45 | 05/16/14

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Transcript for Surprise Sendoff for Barbara Walters
And our friend and colleague Barbara Walters on this milestone day -- sisterhood of women consider -- their pioneer. Gathered to surprise her for her farewell as the view and ABC's David Europe right there when it happened Davis. Big moment for ABC news' Diane and what an honor was to be different this tonight -- look back at a singular career. And so if you might not remember when it wasn't easy for Barbara that you get up every morning and walked into that newsroom regardless of who wanted to there. Her final walk to the set of the view. The five decade career. And it's not easy. Take three Q Barbara after years on The Today Show in 19762 winning ABC news. To become the first female co anchor of evening news contract for rumor million dollars a year as she showed up in that newsroom ready. But she knew her co anchor did not want. Harry Reasoner. Barbara Walters. And bring you the news. -- avenue colleague a while Barbara. Baghdad he was keeping count noting that I kept time when your story -- mine tonight. To a reform and -- Walters remembers those -- well but she would press on the interviews the world leaders the president be historic gets. Today another milestone. Smallest. Walking in no idea was weak and right before she told media companies. A little. Audience welcoming -- -- to welcome surprise guests. Hillary Clinton. You have any advice for her well -- thinking about this can't be up. First of all take some time off. And the Israeli army -- and the decision you -- Kids who wins next. Thank you for being. A pioneer. And everything that that word means it means being the first. The first in the room to knock down the door to breakdown the barriers to pave the road that we all walk on. Many of the incredible women that have been influenced by U. And we all have been influenced by you are here for you today. And we. All proudly stand on your shoulders Barbara Walters as we -- you please welcome. Diane Sawyer. List of names with the law. Faces so may need -- at home. Remember. All there the same thing. We've been all standing behind her the message from book. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- So many of those women and so many of us behind the scenes holding back the tears and I and I saw Barbara. Leaning in to whisper to you before she told all of you that you are -- Elizabeth an amazing day as he's had an amazing moment of course we just been in her dressing room because I what -- you know what she was thinking in the last minutes. Before the last show -- your way to find out later in this broadcast she's -- personally.

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