The end is near for Barbara Walters ... 'cause the head chick on "The View" is reportedly saying sayonara to her TV career in 2014.
We know Barbara has been contemplating retirement for a while -- and in 2011, told President Obama she planned to retire in 2012.
A honcho at ABC News told TMZ at the time that Barbara has joked about retiring every year since the Clinton Administration ... but now, it seems the legendary newswoman may finally be serious about it.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Walters will make the official announcement in the coming weeks ... with her last broadcast taking place in May, 2014.
We reached out to Barbara's people for comment -- so far, no word back.
1/28/2013 8:43 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Barbara Walters has seen it all in her career, except for one thing -- CHICKEN POX ... until now.
The 83-year-old news legend announced ... she's officially suffering from a case of the scratchies ... roughly 75 years after most people catch the viral infection.
Walters -- who was already recovering from a head injury she suffered during Inauguration weekend -- was obviously absent from "The View" this morning ... so Whoopi broke the news.
"We want to give you an update on Barbara," Goldberg said ... "You all know that she fell and cut her head 10 days ago, and then was running a temperature, but it turns out it is all the result of a delayed childhood."
"Barbara has the chicken pox. She'd never had it as a child. So now she's been told to rest, she's not allowed any visitors. and we're telling you, Barbara, no scratching,
Whoopi added, "We love you. We miss you. We just don't want to hug you."
Lindsay's Leno Interview
Is a Slap in the Face
11/12/2012 9:18 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Lindsay had previously been scheduled to do an interview with Walters on "20/20" but the actress canceled -- and Barbara claims Lindsay's people gave her a BS excuse ... that LiLo just wasn't feeling "up to it."
Barbara Walters is straight-up insulted that Lindsay Lohan canceled an interview with her to chat with Jay Leno instead -- claiming Lindsay's people didn't even have the courtesy to explain why she pulled out.
Barbara spoke out on "The View" this morning, saying, "If they'd said to me 'You know, Barbara, she isn't up to the kinds of questions that you might ask' ... If they had told me that, I wouldn't feel quite as disappointed as I do today."
Next thing Barbara knew, Lindsay's people had booked her on Leno instead -- and she's insinuating ... it's because Leno won't ask the hard-hitting questions Barbara wanted to.
Lindsay's Leno interview is supposed to air next week.
She refused to talk to Barbara -- but you'll recall, Lindsay opened up about her family problems on TMZ Live just last month. The interview was explosive.
Tells Barbara Walters Nicki
Threatened to Shoot Her
10/4/2012 9:47 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Mariah Carey just made it clear -- TMZ was dead on when we reported Nicki Minaj threatened to shoot her.
Barbara Walters reported on "The View" today she spoke with Mariah, who said she was concerned because "Nicki walked off the set and multiple people heard Nicki say, 'If I had a gun I would shoot the bitch.'"
Walters says Mariah told her, for safe measure, she's hired extra security.
And, Walters adds, Mariah said Nicki has not apologized but told her she loves her ....HOWEVER, Nicki said they might be fighting again on "American Idol."
For her part, Nicki just tweeted, "I don't call tmz n Barbara Walters cuz I stand on my own two feet. Never needed an army. God is good. Insecurity is as cruel as the grave."
Minaj continued, "I guess it hurts 2 have the producers tell u to ur face that nicki is the best judge we've had since simon. Awww, poor u. Keep them lies cmn." So much for the truce.
As for Keith Urban (who was caught smack in the middle of the crossfire Monday) he told Extra yesterday he felt like "the UN" -- but added, "I love it, I gotta say. I love working with passionate people. I love artists. Everyone just sort of expressing themselves. It’s a very alive and very invigorating work environment."
Rips Star Jones
Gay Announcement Was No Ratings Ploy
10/4/2012 7:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Anderson Cooper just BLASTED Star Jones ... claiming the former "View" host was talking out of her lying, irrelevant ass when she claimed Anderson's gay announcement was a ratings ploy.
Cooper was shooting a segment of "Anderson Live" with Bravo bigshot Andy Cohen ... when Cohen asked A.C. if he felt any different after coming out publicly back in July.
That's when Anderson dropped the truth bomb:
"I will say and I actually haven't mentioned this, the only thing that did kind of annoy me and actually it annoyed my mom who brought it up to me, Star Jones of all people."
He continued, "I haven't thought about Star Jones in I don't know how long. I was unaware she was even on TV still ... but she apparently shows up on a morning show."
"Out of the blue Star Jones ... said this was a ratings ploy by me to boost ratings."
On the show, which airs today, Cooper says Jones couldn't have been more wrong -- 'cause he was on assignment in Africa when he decided to quietly make the announcement in an email to a journalist friend, who posted the letter online.
"If I was wanting to boost ratings, I would have waited to announce it on 'A Very Special Episode' that would have been promo'd for weeks and weeks and there would have been commercials ... 'Anderson's Huge Announcement.'"
"As memory serves, in terms of boosting ratings, I seem to recall [Star] hocking her wedding every single day to get free products when she was on 'The View' and I seem to recall her lying about her gastric bypass surgery and making everybody else lie about it as well. So for her to suddenly emerge out of the shadows and suddenly attack me for this, I couldn't believe it."
Cooper says he invited Star to his show to discuss her comments, but she turned him down.
"I would think she would want as much publicity as possible given her penchant for wanting publicity."
My Conservative NYC Pad
... is Worth MILLIONS!
3/6/2012 3:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
"The View" co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck is HOPING to sell her swanky NYC condo ... but thanks to the crappy real estate market ... she could end up taking a serious hit on the place.
Hasselbeck and her former NFL quarterback hubby Tim just listed their Upper West Side condo for a cool $3.3 million ... just under the $3.309 they paid for the place back in 2008.
The 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom home is pretty sick ... marble flooring, 10-foot ceiling, massive windows with a great city view. The building also includes a full-time doorman, courtyard, fitness room and 52-foot indoor swimming pool.
So why are the Hasselbecks packin' up shop? A rep for Elisabeth tells us, "It's time for a backyard! Tim and Elisabeth have decided to trade in city living for the suburbs."
Rips LOUD Fart on
12/16/2011 9:20 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Whoopi "Cushion" Goldberg strikes again -- tearing ass this morning on "The View" so loudly ... she nearly put a hole in her seat.
Whoop doesn't even attempt to hide it either, claiming, "Excuse me, I think I just blew a little frog outta there!" The guest on the show -- Claire Danes -- clearly has no idea what to do with herself.
It's nothing new for the gas-woman -- during an interview with Dr. Oz back in May, Whoopi admitted she farts all the time on her show. Gotta respect her honesty.
10:56 AM PT: A rep for ABC tells us, the fart "was clearly a joke and all in good fun. Secretly we hoped it would get posted on YouToot."
Barbara Walters to President
'I'm Retiring Next Year!'
12/15/2011 1:30 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Barbara Walters just told President Barack Obama she's retiring next year ... this according to a source who heard Barbara say it.
Barbara just finished interviewing the Prez at the White House. According to the source, during a break in the action, Barbara leaned over to Obama and said, "I need one more interview with you because I'm retiring next year." Here's the thing .. Barbara's mic was open when she said it, and lots of people were listening.
Barbara still does specials for the network, in addition to "The View." Her "Most Fascinating People" show aired last night -- Obama was NOT on her list.
We called ABC News for comment, but so far ... nothing.
12:00 PM PT: Jeff Schneider, Sr. VP of ABC News, just got off the phone with Walters and told us, "Barbara has joked that she is retiring every year since the Clinton Administration. Anyone who just did a day trip to Syria, 90-minute prime time special and an interview with the President and First Lady hardly sounds like someone retiring from anything."
We asked if she fibbed to Obama to get another interview, and Schneider laughed, saying, "She's one of the greatest bookers who ever lived."
Sherri Shepherd to "DWTS"
I'M TOO BUSY
TO DO YOUR SHOW
8/1/2011 4:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Sherri Shepherd might be a queen of daytime TV on "The View" -- but she won't be crowned queen of "Dancing With the Stars" any time soon ... TMZ has learned.
Sources close to Shepherd tell TMZ she's been approached by "DWTS" for this upcoming season -- and they've been "aggressively courting her."
But Shepherd is getting married later this month -- during hiatus from "The View" -- and we're told once she goes back to work ... there just won't be time for "DWTS."
Guess Sherri's wedding will be the best shot to see her waltz ... or paso whatever.
Pitches Fit After Getting Skewered by Babwa
6/4/2011 6:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Paris Hilton couldn't handle some tough questions from Barbara Walters on "The View" this week -- and threw a tantrum backstage after it was all said and done.
Walters went after Paris for bitching about having to do 200 hours of community service. And Babs scoffed at Paris' claim she wanted to help women by doing charity work. Walters wondered aloud why Paris didn't show any of her charity work on her show: "Why not present that side of yourself, if indeed it exists?"
After the segment, Paris and her dad, Rick, berated producers backstage over the tone of the interview, so says the NY Post. A rep for the show confirmed the incident, but Paris was mum.
Paris had reason to feel blue. The ratings for "The World According to Paris" -- not so hot.
Whoopi Goldberg -- I Farted On 'The View'
5/27/2011 5:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Something stinks on "The View" ... and it's Whoopi "Cushion" Goldberg.
The ladies were hanging with Dr. Oz yesterday ... when he asked if any of the women had tore some ass during the segment.
Whoopi's hands shot up ... as she proclaimed, "There is more room out than in!"
Ya gotta check out Barbara's face ... classic.
Whoopi Goldberg -- Sorry, New York Times
2/16/2011 3:40 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Whoopi Goldberg made an odd apology -- on The View -- for putting the New York Times on blast for omitting her from an story about African-American Oscar winners ... but she also took time to throw one last jab.
Whoopi said she was sorry she called the NYT article "shoddy reporting" ... but reiterated she "personally" felt it was wrong that several actors -- including herself -- were not mentioned.
Whoopi Goldberg PISSED Over NY Times Oscar Snub
2/14/2011 2:05 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
The New York Times did a piece on African-American Oscar winners this weekend ... and left Whoopi Goldberg out -- which did NOT sit well with the "View" host.