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Barbara Walters epic farewell photo: Most powerful female broadcasters pay tribute


By Matthew Bramlett

After an impressive 53-year career in journalism, Barbara Walters will sign off from the air Friday — and nearly every notable past and present female broadcaster turned out to say goodbye to the TV legend.

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Walters taped her final episode of "The View" Thursday, and a litany of television news' most notable faces were there to send her off. Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton was also there, telling Walters, "I can't believe this day has come, and I can't believe it's for real."

Among media's A-List who gathered for the photo: Oprah Winfrey, Katie Couric, Joan Lunden, Robin Roberts, Connie Chung, Gayle King, Maria Shriver, Paula Zahn, Jane Pauley, Savannah Guthrie, Elizabeth Vargas, Laura Spencer, Tamron Hall, Diane Sawyer, Cynthia McFadden, Natalie Morales, JuJu Chang, Amy Robach, Debra Norville, Lisa Ling, Hoda Kotb. Of course, Barbara's co-hosts from over the years, including Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Rosie O'Donnell, Elizabeth Hasselbeck, Debbie Matenopoulos, Star Jones, Jenny McCarthy and Meredith Viera were there as well.

It was a wonderful send off to a storied career for Walters, which included interviews with basically anyone notable, from American presidents to foreign leaders to celebrities. During the show, Walters and her friends reminisced on her storied career in journalism, from her start at "Today" in 1962 to her rise as an essential part of ABC's legendary news team, from anchoring "20/20" to hosting her highly regarded Oscar special.

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