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Barbara Walters tapes her final episode as co-host of 'The View'

The broadcasting legend is retiring at the age of 84 from the chat show she helped create.

By Karen Butler
Image courtesy of ABC.
Image courtesy of ABC.

NEW YORK, May 15 (UPI) -- Broadcasting legend Barbara Walters taped her final episode of The View Thursday and the program will air Friday.

Walters, 84, has served as co-host and producer of the show since its inception in 1997.

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Thursday's edition of The View featured a reunion of the 11 women who have served as its co-hosts throughout its run. Joining the current panel of Walters, Whoopi Goldberg, Jenny McCarthy and Sherri Shepherd were former co-stars Joy Behar, Meredith Vieira, Star Jones, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Lisa Ling, Rosie O'Donnell and Debbie Matenopoulos.

"For the first time in television history, all 11 co-hosts of ABC's The View, present and past, shared the same stage live to celebrate the show's creator Barbara Walters. Walters is the last remaining co-host of the original panel of five women she helped assemble," ABC said in a news release.

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