Celebrities including Oprah and current Disney CEO Robert Iger paid heartfelt tributes to the late Barbara Walters, who passed away Friday at her New York home at age 93.
The renowned talk show host, 68, sent out a tribute attributing her own TV success to Walters, labeling the TV icon ‘a trailblazer’.
Iger jumped on his Twitter page to share the sad news, as well as penning a moving tribute, calling the iconic journalist “a true legend.”
Touching tribute: Several celebrities including Oprah Winfrey, 68, paid tribute to the late television journalist Barbara Walters, who passed away at her New York home on Friday at the age of 93.
Oprah uploaded a photo of herself posing with Barbara, as well as writing a short message to pay tribute to the late newscaster.
‘Without Barbara Walters there would not have been me, nor any woman you see on the evening, morning and everyday news. In fact, she was a Trailblazer.
The former Oprah Winfrey Show host revealed that “I did my first TV audition thinking about her all the time.”
The star and author concluded that she was “grateful to be such a powerful and kind role model.” Grateful to have met her. Grateful to have followed in her Light.
A ‘pioneer’: Oprah Winfrey also wrote a tribute to the late journalist on Instagram on Friday, revealing that she did her ‘first TV audition’ with Walters ‘in mind the whole time’
Sad news: Disney CEO Robert Iger revealed that the TV icon had passed away at his New York home in a tweet on Friday.
A message: The CEO also penned a message to add to his tribute, calling the journalist not only ‘a trailblazer’ but also a ‘dear friend’
Robert uploaded a tweet and wrote: ‘Today I have some sad news to share. Barbara Walters passed away tonight at her home in New York.
He added a black-and-white photo of the talented journalist, who co-founded The View, along with a statement he had written on his own. ‘Barbara was a true legend, a trailblazer not just for women in journalism but for journalism itself.’
The current Disney CEO also wrote that Walters, who was the first female anchor of the evening news, was a “unique reporter who landed many of the most important interviews of our time.”
“I had the pleasure of calling Barbara a colleague for over three decades, but more importantly, I was able to call her a dear friend. She will be missed by all of us at The Walt Disney Company and send our deepest condolences to her daughter, Jacqueline.”
She’ll be missed: Wonder Woman actress Lynda Carter also uploaded a tribute on Twitter, along with a photo of her with the late journalist during an earlier interview that aired on ABC.
Wonder Woman actress Lynda Carter also had a few words to say on Twitter shortly after news of her death broke.
In her tweet, the talented star called Barbara “an American institution.” As the first national newscaster, she opened the door to endless possibilities for so many girls who wanted to work in television, including me.’
He further added that, ‘Their impact cannot be overstated. I will miss you, Barbara. Thanks for everything.’
Below her message, Lynda added a photo of herself during an interview with Barbara on what appeared to be The View as they shared a heartwarming laugh together.