Legendary newswoman Barbara Walters is nearing the end of her life, and a new report has surfaced that claims she is planning every detail of her own funeral. According to Radar Online, the 88-year-old “is writing editing and producing her final show.”
“Barbara is a total control freak, so it should be no surprise that she’s producing her funeral,” claims an insider.
The source also revealed that Walters got the idea for her “Exit Plan” from her friend, the late writer Nora Ephron, and she is spelling out every detail – including the venue, flowers, guests, and musical performers. And, there will also be a video package highlighting Walters’ life and career.
A second source says that the video could include clips from Walters’ most famous interviews, including President Bill Clinton’s intern Monica Lewinsky and former Cuban dictator Fidel Castro.
After a career that spanned decades, including stints at NBC’s Today Show and ABC’s 20/20, Walters created and co-hosted The View in 1997. She regularly appeared on the show until her retirement back in 2014, and July 2016 was the last time anyone saw her in public.
Walter’s reps have not yet confirmed that her health is on the decline, but insiders claim that she is suffering from heart disease, and a few months ago she broke her hip, which has confined her to a wheelchair.
Earlier this year Radar reported that Walters’ butler was turning away friends and not allowing anyone to see her, but now they are welcoming visitors at her apartment in Manhattan. An insider claims that is because it could be her friends’ last opportunity to visit with the ailing Walters.
She started her stint on 20/20 in 1979 and stayed there until 2004. Then, Walters came back a few years later and remained part of the show until she retired in 2014. Recently, ABC announced that Amy Robach from Good Morning America would be the new co-host of the long-running news program, and when she got the office that used to belong to the news legend, she says she started to cry.
Robach says that it is a dream job and she has reached “the pinnacle” of her career.
“I want to live up to the standards that Barbara created when she began 20/20,” Robach said.
She added that Barbara Walters’ told her that the job is all about connecting with people and “keeping it real.”
20/20 airs Friday nights on ABC.