*Barbara Walters had a celeb-packed sendoff this morning for her last day on “The View,” including surprise appearances from Hillary Clinton, Michael Douglas and Oprah Winfrey.
As soon as Clinton sat down, a shocked Walters told the former First Lady, “You know what? You look terrific here. Why don’t you take my place on the show? People won’t be asking you what you’re doing next all the time.”
Clinton politely declined, while side-stepping any questions about her potential run for presidency. Instead Clinton just advised her friend to “take some time off… a week at least.”
Former “Saturday Night Live” star Cheri Oteri reprised her famous impression of Walters for a skit in which Oteri’s Walters interviewed the real deal.
“Barbara, I’ve loved doing you,” Oteri told the host, before joking, “Uh oh. Looks like someone owes me dinner.”
Next, Walters welcomed Michael Douglas, a frequent guest and a friend who shares the same Sept. 25 birthday.
Barbara’s biggest look of shock came when Sherri Shepherd introduced Winfrey.
“Of course I’m here,” Winfrey said. “I had to be here for your last show to celebrate you because of what you have meant to me. You have literally meant the world to me. And the truth is there are so many things I want to say but there isn’t enough time to say them all. Like everyone else, I want to thank you for being a pioneer and everything that means.”
“You are the reason that were all here and the reason I wanted to be in television,” Winfrey added.
“The View” then surprised Walters by having 25 notable female news anchors congratulate the longtime host on her career, including Robin Roberts, Hoda Kotb, Tamron Hall, Gayle King and Deborah Roberts. [Scroll down to watch.]
“How do you say goodbye to something like 50 years in television? The good news is now I’m going to have time to get Botox,” Walters joked, before reflecting upon her career and plugging her two-hour ABC special “Barbara Walters: Her Story,” airing tonight at 8/7c.”