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Barbara Walters leaving 'The View' on May 16

Barbara Walters attends the Woman's Day 8th Red

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After a 17-year run, Barbara Walters will step down from co-hosting duties on "The View" on May 16, but she stopped short -- far short -- of saying she was "retiring."

In fact, ABC News said Walters, 84, would remain with the network "for life," occasionally handling news assignments when warranted. She will remain on "The View" as executive producer with Bill Geddie, with whom she created...

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ABC News gets 'Happy'. . . but should it?

Diane Sawyer: The ABC evening news anchor, who

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Setting aside for the moment the advisability of having the anchor of one of television's most important news programs — and also the flagship for an entire division — dance to Pharell Williams' "Happy" (especially on a day when the wreckage of Flight 370 may have been found)...this promotion released this morning by "GMA" is actually pretty good. And uplifting. And fun.

 But back to my question... TV has long enlisted news talent in these sorts of things, particularly on the local front, so there's nothing necessarily unusual here. But ask yourself: Would Peter Jennings, Tom Brokaw or Dan Rather dance to "Happy?"

 OK, not to be too surly — I do love Diane Sawyer, after all — but here it is. Again, it's nice. Just bad timing and not the best use of Diane Sawyer's talents. 

  

Rosie O'Donnell returns to 'The View' for one day

Rosie O'Donnell hosts Nickelodeon's 15th annual Kids' Choice

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Rosie O'Donnell -- who had a ferocious flameout on "The View" back in '07 -- will return to the scene of the crime Friday.  (Must be "sweeps" -- and sure enough, it is.)

Here's Barbara Walters' statement:  

"I have great affection for Rosie and we have remained in contact through the years. I am happy to welcome her back to the program. She is always a lively and engaging guest and a part of the show’s successful history.”

Naturally, my personal hope is that this return engagement will precipitate many stories -- most of them on radar -- that Rosie is returning to "The View" because no one is watching the show any more, and it's become dull as cold toast since Jenny McCarthy has joined up. And hopefully those stories will even come true.

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