Howard and Co-Host Robin Quivers Remember Legendary News Anchor Barbara Walters
“She was a groundbreaker, and she was fearless, so I would pretend to be Barbara Walters while I was sitting there,” Robin recalls of the influence the groundbreaking journalist had on her early in her careerJanuary 3, 2023
Journalism icon Barbara Walters died at the age of 93 during the last days of 2022. The longtime news anchor, who later created, produced, and co-hosted “The View,” visited the Stern Show multiple times throughout the years.
On Tuesday, Howard remembered the broadcaster fondly. “I always loved Barbara Walters,” he said, noting that she was in attendance at his 2008 nuptials with Beth. “I think she was willing to loosen up with her image when she decided to start the show ‘The View’ … I started to develop a friendship with her.”
Co-host Robin Quivers spoke of the influence Walters had on her, specifically when she joined Howard at DC-101 in Washington. “I went from school to practically working in a major market and I was like, ‘I’m not ready for this,’” she admitted to Howard. “I said, ‘Well, you’ve got to do this job so who can you be to do this job?’ and I said, ‘I’ll be Barbara Walters’ because I thought she was amazing, and she was fantastic, and she was a groundbreaker, and she was fearless.”
Walters’ long list of achievements included being the first woman to moderate a presidential debate, the first woman to anchor a network news show, and of course creating and leading the all-female cast of “The View,” which she started up in 1997. “She was a great woman, very accomplished,” Howard noted before adding, “a legend — she will be missed.”