In a special ceremony on Monday, the ABC News Headquarters was officially named "The Barbara Walters Building" in honor of the legendary journalist's groundbreaking broadcast career.
Barbara was on hand to accept the honor, expressing how "truly touched" she was by the building dedication.
“I want to make something very clear, that each and every one of you from the desk assistants to the producers to the correspondents and anchors, each of you who walk through these doors every day, yeah, my name is going to be on this building, but the building belongs to you," the 84-year-old said at the ceremony.
Despite interviewing everyone from Lady Gaga to Fidel Castro, The View co-creator hopes her true legacy includes more than the famous faces she's met.
“People ask me very often, ‘what is your legacy,’ and it’s not the interviews with presidents, or heads of state, nor celebrities,” she shared.
“If I have a legacy, and I’ve said this before and I mean it so sincerely, I hope that I played a small role in paving the way for so many of you fabulous women.”
She certainly has. Not only was she the first female to co-anchor network morning and evening broadcasts, but Barbara also created one of the top daytime programs in the country.
Walt Disney Company chairman and CEO, Bob Iger, said of the broadcast legend, "Of all the people I’ve been proud to work with, Barbara Walters will always be at the top of my list."
He continued, "It’s the quality of a person that gets a name put on a building, not just the contributions and the accomplishments...you are truly a remarkable person.”
This Friday, Barbara will step down as co-host of The View but will continue to contribute to ABC News reports as needed.
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