Barbara Walters has taped her last episode as co-host of The View.
The journalist filmed her final appearance on the ABC daytime talk show, which airs on Friday, on Thursday afternoon in Manhattan, with Oprah Winfrey and Hillary Clinton among the surprise guests who showed up to say goodbye.
After more than 50 years in TV news, Walters is officially retiring, leaving her co-hosting gig on The View, but she’ll continue to serve as the show’s executive producer and contribute to ABC News on an as-needed basis.
Walters was welcomed to The View stage with thunderous applause when she was introduced separately, after her fellow co-hosts at Thursday’s packed taping at The View studios.
Clinton was the first of many surprise guests, whom Walters said she didn’t know the identity of ahead of time.
When Clinton sat down at The View table, Walters said that the former Secretary of State should be her replacement on the show, saying people then wouldn’t ask the likely 2016 presidential candidate what she’s doing next.
Indeed, Walters didn’t miss an opportunity to ask Clinton whether she’s running.
“I am running — around the park,” Clinton joked.
Clinton was also the first guest to urge Walters to take some time off, to which Walters responded, “You’re in no position to tell me.”
Among the women who walked onto the stage to greet Walters and then form a star-studded semicircle were Katie Couric, Diane Sawyer, Jane Pauley, Joan Lunden, Connie Chung, Elizabeth Vargas, Robin Roberts, Amy Robach, Juju Chang, Savannah Guthrie, Natalie Morales, Tamron Hall, Hoda Kotb, Kathie Lee Gifford, Maria Shriver, Mika Brzezinski, Paula Zahn, Gayle King and Lisa Ling.[holliwodreporter]