Barbara Walters Says Goodbye to Oscar® Specials
BREAKING NEWS: Barbara just announced this year will be her last Oscar special after 29 years.
February 15, 2010 | Posted at 8:02 AMAs was announced today on the show, Barbara Walters will be making this year's version of her Oscar®-night Barbara Walters Special her last.
"ABC has asked me to keep doing these specials as they have been so successful," says Barbara, "and I’m thrilled we have such great stars and have such
a wonderful show for this last one -- but to be honest, I feel like I've 'been there, done that.'"
These specials have become an Oscar® Night tradition of their own, landing the biggest names in movies every year. This year's Special, featuring Best Actress nominee Sandra Bullock and Best Supporting Actress nominee Mo'Nique, will air directly before the Oscars® on the east coast, on Sunday March 7th at 7PM EST (and after the Oscars® on the west coast). This year's edition will also include a look back at the most memorable moments from the specials through the years.
For the past 29 years, the Oscar® Night Barbara Walters Special has featured such Hollywood legends as Elizabeth Taylor, Tom Cruise, Shirley MacLaine, Sophia Loren, Oprah Winfrey, and George Clooney.
"This special has been a labor of love for 29 years," Barbara says. "I will always remember when Hugh Jackman gave me a private lap dance or sitting down with the legendary Bette Davis or being taught to tango by Al Pacino," said Ms. Walters. "It's those priceless moments that have made this Special the Oscar® tradition that it has become, but I truly feel enough is enough."
Barbara will continue to host her 10 Most Fascinating People special annually, not to mention The View.