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Barbara Walters' announcement that she'll retire in 2014 isn't surprising (she's 83!), but it's still momentous. This indisputable icon of TV journalism is so legendary, she's more famous than many of her subjects. She's racked up a resume of firsts -- first woman to co-anchor a network morning show (NBC's Today), the first woman to co-anchor an evening network newscast (ABC Evening News) -- and she's interviewed dozens of world leaders along the way (including every U.S. president since Richard Nixon). She launched one of the most popular daytime talk shows, The View, which is still going strong 16 years later. It's tough to imagine anyone who has accomplished more in TV news!
But that's not the biggest reason why we'll miss her. This is: Walters will ask anyone anything. Impertinence doesn't bother her; polite conversation doesn't interest her. (This is a newswoman known for making famous people cry.) We will miss Barbara most for the ever-mounting pile of "oh-no-she-didn't-just-ask-that" moments in her video reel. Here, we've collected five of the best ones.
To Monica Lewinski: "A lot of people don't know what phone sex is. As best you can, explain it."
To the Obamas: "How do you keep the fire burning?"
For all the times you asked the questions we wished we could, thank you Barbara!