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When she was introduced, Fonda joked that Walters has “interviewed me through a number of husbands” and pointed out that the journalist has made her cry a few times.
During the “Hot Topics” segment, Walters again discussed and aired clips from her exclusive interview with Donald Sterling‘s wife, Shelly Sterling.
In response to Shelly Sterling’s suggestion that her estranged husband has dementia, Fonda said, “Racist comments don’t just come out of your mouth because you have onset dementia.”
During Letterman’s interview, the outgoing Late Show host joked that he’s reconsidering his own retirement because when people ask him what he’s going to do after he leaves CBS’ late-night show, he doesn’t have an answer.
“Now I think I’ve made a terrible mistake,” Letterman said. “I don’t feel like retiring now. I gotta find something to do. Any openings here?”
In all seriousness, though, he said it was time for him to leave The Late Show, reiterating what he said when he made his announcement on that show, that he often finds himself doing something and doesn’t want to go back to work.
He also agreed that the late-night landscape has changed since he first started his show.
“Again, this is a reason for me to think about going elsewhere. If you take a look at it, it really has shifted right out from under me, and all to the good,” Letterman said. “I think the people that are doing these shows now. Of course you have your Jimmys and you have your Stephen Colbert, who’s following myself. And then you have the junior varsity that goes on after these guys whose names I can never remember, but they’re great. It’s not a TV show anymore; it’s like a marketplace where people can all connect and interact. And I think that’s fantastic and that’s really keeping up with all the new communication and the electronic media.”
He also joked that Walters’ announcement that she would be retiring inspired his decision.
When asked about those, like Bill O’Reilly, who had voiced doubts about his successor, Stephen Colbert, Letterman said he wasn’t aware that people had raised questions about Colbert hosting The Late Show. But he said anyone could do his job.
“Take a good look at me: I’ve done this show for 30 years,” Letterman said. “If I can do it, I’m pretty sure Stephen Colbert can do it.”
When asked why he’d only appeared on The View once in its history, the longtime late-night host joked, “Well I normally don’t get up before 1 or 2 in the afternoon.”
Fox, who was the first guest to appear on The View when it debuted in 1997, was next on the couch. The actor, who revealed he was battling Parkinson’s in an interview with Walters in 1998, updated viewers on the latest progress in research into the disease.
While he said he wished he could say a cure was close, doctors are close to identifying the cause of the disease.
Fox, whose eponymous NBC series was recently canceled after its first year on the air following low ratings, joked about his show’s popularity — or lack thereof.
“If you want to hide from the FBI, go on Thursday nights on NBC; no one will find you,” he said.
Earlier, Walters joked about her appearance on Saturday Night Live, saying of the extensive preparation, which included a dress rehearsal and lots of makeup, “I’ve been in relationships that didn’t last as long.”
Walters’ final episode as co-host on The View airs Friday, ahead of a two-hour special about her career set for later that night on ABC. The legendary journalist will still contribute to ABC News as needed and remain an executive producer of The View.
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