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Barbara Walters: This Year's Oscar Special Will Be the Last

by Jenny Hollowell, posted Feb 15th 2010 4:22PM
Barbara Walters announced on 'The View' today that this year would be the last for her annual Oscar night celebrity interview special.

"ABC has asked me to keep doing these specials as they have been so successful -- and I'm thrilled we have such great stars and have such a wonderful show -- but to be honest, I feel like I've 'been there, done that,'" Walters said.Barbara Walters announced on 'The View' today that this year would be the last for her annual Oscar night celebrity interview special.

"ABC has asked me to keep doing these specials as they have been so successful -- and I'm thrilled we have such great stars and have such a wonderful show -- but to be honest, I feel like I've 'been there, done that,'" Walters said.

After 28 years, Walters' annual special has become an Oscar tradition. Airing before the ceremony, the show has featured interviews with Hollywood's best and brightest, including Bette Davis, Audrey Hepburn, Sophia Loren, Anthony Hopkins, Steven Spielberg, Jamie Foxx, Hugh Jackman and Tom Cruise.

"This special has been a labor of love for 29 years," Walters said. "I will always remember when Hugh Jackman gave me a private lap dance or sitting down with the legendary Bette Davis or being taught to tango by Al Pacino. It's those priceless moments that have made this special the Oscar tradition that it has become, but I truly feel enough is enough."

Many are speculating that Oprah Winfrey will pick up where Walters is leaving off. Oprah's Oscar special, which began in 2007 and is resuming this year, will be broadcast on ABC a week prior to Walters' final special.

This year's special will feature interviews with Best Actress nominee Sandra Bullock and Best Supporting Actress nominee Mo'Nique.

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