Oprah Winfrey helps Barbara Walters say farewell

This image released by ABC shows, standing from left, Whoopi Goldberg, Lisa Ling, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Rosie O'Donnell Sherri Shepherd and Jenny McCarthy, and seated from left, Meredith Vieira, Star Jones, Joy Behar, Debbie Matenopoulos and Barbara Walters on the set of the daytime talk series "The View," Thursday, May 15, 2014 in New York. (AP Photo/ABC, Lou Rocco)

NEW YORK (AP) — Oprah Winfrey and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton paid surprise visits to Barbara Walters on Thursday as the veteran newswoman taped her final edition of “The View” to end a half-century career on television.

The ABC hour airs Friday at 11 a.m. EDT.

Actor Michael Douglas, a longtime friend and frequent subject of Walters’ interviews, also dropped by for the tribute.

And after hailing the 84-year-old Walters for helping open the door to women in TV news, Winfrey introduced a parade of additional surprise guests: some two dozen prominent on-air women for whom Walters helped pave the way. They included Katie Couric, Diane Sawyer and Robin Roberts.

Walters, who began her TV career on NBC’s “Today” show in 1962, created “The View” 17 years ago.

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