Sunday May 12, 2013
Barbara Walters, pioneering broadcast journalist, the first female anchorwoman, and creator of The View, will announce her retirement on the morning talk show Monday.
"It's time," the 83-year-old Walters is quoted in The New York Times.
Walters will take a little time to say goodbye. She won't leave ABC until 2014, spending moments in primetime and on The View to reminisce about her career and give time for her co-workers and fans to wave goodbye.
Speculation that Walters is retiring because of recent health battles is quickly quashed. In the same Times interview, Walters says, "I am not leaving because I am in ill health. ... I want to leave when I'm still very active and very viable. ... I want to go someplace and actually see it."
Sunday May 12, 2013
It's official. Saturday Night Live head writer and Weekend Update anchor Seth Meyers will replace Jimmy Fallon as host of Late Night.
Most believe Meyers was always the odds on favorite to get the post. SNL creator and executive producer Lorne Michaels is also the executive producer of Late Night. Michaels will soon produce The Tonight Show, as well. Fallon will take over as Tonight Show host in 2014. Meyers gets Late Night around the same time or soon after NBC's Winter Olympics coverage.
"I only have to work for Lorne for five more years before I pay him back for the time I totaled his car," Meyers said when announced. "Twelve-thirty on NBC has long been incredible real estate. I hope I can do it justice."
Monday April 29, 2013
Talk show host Conan O'Brien presided over Washington's annual White House Correspondents' Dinner, during which members of the press get together for dinner and jokes. Even the president gets into the mix, delivering one-liners at a rapid fire pace. This was the second time O'Brien has hosted the event.
When O'Brien took his turn at the podium, he called the event a "nerd prom," saying the event wasn't much different than your typical high school cafeteria.
He even took the opportunity to take a shot at his own recent past, saying, "As you all know, the president is hard at work creating jobs. Since he was first elected, the number of popes has doubled. The number of Tonight Show hosts has tripled."
Talk show hosts are well known emcees of the White House Correspondents' Dinner. Past hosts include Jimmy Kimmel, Jay Leno (four times), Wanda Sykes, Craig Ferguson, Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart.
Saturday April 27, 2013
At About Talk Shows, we strive to give you the very best in top-level information about your favorite talk show - and as many other talk shows as we can imagine. We work hard to guide you through the shows, telling you about the show's history, giving you a biography of its host, telling you each week who the show's guest stars are and helping you wend your way through the ever so slightly confusing world of free talk show tickets.
But the one thing we haven't done is give you our opinion. (And really, by our, I mean my opinion.) With Talk Show Perspectives, this new monthly feature we're kicking off today, I hope to change that a bit. In Talk Show Perspectives, I'll give you my thoughts on recent talk show news. My hope is that I inspire you to talk as well, sharing your opinion with me.
With this first go around, we'll focus shifting world of NBC's late night programs, primarily The Tonight Show. True talk show tectonics, is what it all amounts to. And we start with the epicenter of it all Jay Leno.