Barbara Walters calls Oprah the best interviewer ever - and then hears about it (video)

Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, December 9, 2010; 8:16 PM

Dear CBS,

Please do the right thing by Barbara Walters and cut from your Dec. 28 broadcast of the Kennedy Center Honors her comment about Oprah being the best interviewer in the history of time.

It'll be no skin off your nose - the ceremony always comes in too long anyway and has to be trimmed to squeeze it all into that two-hour special you air every year.


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P.S. It would save Babs no end of trouble. The poor dear has been wearing herself ragged ever since the taping on Sunday night, schlepping from talk show to talk show to talk about it. In fact, she practically can't talk of anything else.

We're sure Babs had every intention of sticking to the facts when she appeared Sunday at the Kennedy Center Honors to pay tribute to Oprah. But you know how it is when you're in the presence of Her Oprahness. Anyway, by the time Babs was through talking, she'd committed herself to a statement of a nature guaranteed to send The Reporters Who Cover Television screaming for joy on a slow news day:

Simply put, she is the best interviewer ever. No one comes close - not even me. And those of you know me know how painful it was for me to say that.

This superlative came as quite a shock to the 2,000-ish in the KenCen hall on Sunday night; if they hadn't been seated at the time, they probably would have reeled.

And the press pounced.

At some point Monday, Babs must've arisen and faced the world with the spellbound horror of a woman who has accidentally punched a hole in a dam and now confronts the gushing waters.

The next day, Tuesday, when her fellow Ladies of "The View" wanted to hear all about Babs's visit to the KenCen, the octogenarian newswoman admitted that on Sunday she had indeed said Oprah was "the best interviewer ever. No one even comes close."

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