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V. Stiviano gives first interview to Barbara Walters -- VIDEO

Barbara Walters may be retiring from television in a couple weeks, but that doesn’t mean she’s phoning it in these last few days. On Friday, the journalist known for landing big, exclusive interviews added another name to that list: V. Stiviano, the woman whose recording of a racist rant by Donald Sterling led to the Los Angeles Clippers owner receiving a lifetime ban from the NBA.

“I think Mr. Sterling is from a different generation than I am,” Stiviano, 31, told Walters in a 20/20 interview that aired last night. “I think he was brought up to believe these things…segregation, whites and blacks. But through his actions he’s shown that he’s not a racist. He’s shown to be a very generous and kind man.”

The conversation in question involves Sterling, 80, scolding Stiviano, instructing her not to “promote” images of herself with black people, including basketball legend Magic Johnson, or bring black people to Clippers games. Stiviano’s attorney claims a third party leaked the recording of that conversation, which led to NBA Commissioner Adam Silver banning Sterling from the league, fining him $2.5 million, and urging other owners to force him to sell the team. READ FULL STORY

'The View' to unite all 11 co-hosts in Barbara Walters' final week

For the first time ever, all 11 co-hosts of The View will appear on the talk show together — live, on May 15 — to honor the woman who brought them to the daytime panel: Barbara Walters.

Walters — who created The View and is the only remaining host from the talker’s original lineup — will appear on her final broadcast the following day. Former hosts Debbie Matenopoulos (1997-1998), Meredith Vieira (1997-2006), Star Jones (1997-2006), Joy Behar (1997-2013), Lisa Ling (1999-2002), Elisabeth Hasselbeck (2003-2013), and Rosie O’Donnell (2006-2007) will join current stars Whoopi Goldberg, Sherri Shepherd, and Jenny McCarthy to bid farewell to the show’s matriarch.

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Barbara Walters announces retirement date

It’s the end of an era.

ABC announced Monday that Barbara Walters’s final day co-hosting The View will be Friday, May 16. That same night, ABC will air a two-hour special at 9:00 p.m. ET highlighting her life and career. Walters announced last May that the 2013-2014 season would be her last on the daytime talk show she created in 1997.

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Jenny McCarthy makes 'View' debut, gets flirty with Donnie Wahlberg: On the scene

If one word could sum up The View‘s 17th season premiere this morning, it might just be the newly Miley Cyrus-approved ‘Twerk.’ Sure, the VMAs were a few weeks ago — but the ladies of the panel had much to catch up on. The gang also had a brand new addition: Jenny McCarthy, looking daytime-ready in a gorgeous, conservative houndstooth dress.

The goofy spirit that has helped McCarthy continue to get work — whether modeling, writing humorous autobiographical books, or starring in her eponymous, now-defunct talk show — was fully on display during her first hour as an official View co-host. As for her controversial (to say the least) opinions about childhood vaccinations? The show is clearly saving that for another day. Today, the program was all about silly McCarthy.

“I said to Jenny, ‘Have fun!'” Sherri Shepherd told EW after the taping. “That’s what Jenny is all about. She’s fearless. I don’t know if Human Resources really knew what they were doing when they hired Jenny McCarthy. I’ve known her for a decade and a half, so I don’t think they know the full impact yet. She’s just warming up!” READ FULL STORY

Highlights of Joy Behar's last show on 'The View' -- VIDEO

After 16 seasons, Joy Behar bid farewell to The View today. The hour-long goodbye episode, taped Thursday, was billed as “This Was Your Life on The View” and was hosted by comic Mario Cantone (Sex and the City). In addition to showing taped messages from stars and choice clips — including Behar buckling Tom Cruise onto the couch, her declining fashion advice from RuPaul, her walking away from Bill O’Reilly, and her getting a foot massage from Matthew McConaughey — producers lined up a slew of surprise in-studio guests.

First up was Regis Philbin, who told the story of how Behar really got on Barbara Walters’ radar. As Behar killed at Milton Berle’s 89th birthday party in 1997, Walters leaned over to Philbin and asked who she was. Former View cohost Meredith Vieira was next, and she described the “faint smell of peppermint and gin” on Behar’s breath when they kissed on the show. Cue the montage of Behar kissing female guests. Then Vieira kissing Behar. Behar kissing Walters. Walters kissing Vieira. Philbin kissing Goldberg and Sherri Shepherd. And Goldberg and Shepherd kissing Behar.
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Barbara Walters addresses 'View' rumors: 'The truth is we love Elisabeth'

Whoopi Goldberg began this morning’s The View with the obvious: “It’s been kind of a crazy weekend.”

“People say the times are a-changin’,” she said at the top of the hour, referring to the “story after story” about who would and would not be leaving The View in the wake of Joy Behar’s announcement that she would be exiting the popular panel show.

(Behar, for her part, debuted a list of “Top 10 Reasons for Leaving The View” that Sherri Shepherd and Elisabeth Hasselbeck thought were hi-larious. A sample: “No. 10: ABC won’t let me drink on the air like Hoda and Kathy Lee.”)

Before the gang could get to the day’s “hot topics,” Barbara Walters leaned forward to explain what was really up with the 17-year-old talk show, and to address rumors that Hasselbeck would be following Behar out the door. “There is a particularly false story that keeps getting picked up about Elisabeth’s departure,” she said, referring to rumors that Hasselbeck was being pushed out due to her conservative views.

“The truth is we love Elisabeth,” Walters continued. “I like her personally and she’s just a wonderful person — but beyond that, we value and appreciate her point-of-view … We have no plans for Elisabeth to leave the show.”

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Steven Tyler rips new 'Idol' judges; Nicki Minaj calls him racist

A happy American Idol judging family? Dream on.

But according to former American Idol judge Steven Tyler, harmony should be the ideal. Want that peacefulness explained via a sort-of gross birth metaphor? Tyler’s got you covered:

“I know that they’ve got something going on on the judges’ panel, [and] it shouldn’t be that, it should be just the opposite: They should have something going on, which is called ‘camaraderie,’ ” he said in an interview with MTV. “They should have something going on so thick and beautiful that they can lay it over the new talent that’s trying to birth itself. It needs to be birthed, not judged by ‘entertainment’ factors, it needs to be judged by people that [are] honest, true, that have the ‘it’ factor. Not the ‘it’ factor because they can fight. The f— is that all about?”

The rocker goes on to say, “These kids…they’re scared to death; you’re not going to get the best [out of them]. … If it was Bob Dylan, Nicki Minaj would have had him sent to the cornfield! Whereas, if it was Bob Dylan with us, we would have brought the best of him out, as we did with Phillip Phillips. Just saying.” READ FULL STORY

Barbara Walters set to interview Lindsay Lohan

Lindsay Lohan will sit down for a one-on-one chat with Barbara Walters in the next few weeks, a source close to the situation confirmed to EW. The talk is pegged to Lohan’s role in the Lifetime original movie Liz & Dick, premiering Nov. 25.

TMZ, who first reported the news, says Walters expressed an interest in interviewing Lohan when she was cast as Elizabeth Taylor, and that the chat will focus on the parallels between the two actresses.

The parallels have been discussed before – Lifetime’s advertising campaign for the television movie revolves around Taylor’s own troubles. READ FULL STORY

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