“A true trailblazer and icon!” Hudson tweeted alongside a photo of herself with Walters. “She lived a full life and leaves behind such a powerful legacy. Rest in peace, Barbara Walters.”
During her iconic career, the trailblazing broadcast journalist became the first female co-host of the Today show, the first evening news anchorwoman, and a co-creator/co-host of The View.
McCartney, whose wife Nancy Shevell is cousins with Walters, also shared a message on social media honoring the late broadcast legend.
“Nancy and I are so saddened by the news of her dear cousin Barbara Walters’ passing. The two of them enjoyed a deep loving relationship over many years and I was proud to share some of those special moments,” the former Beatles member tweeted. “Barbara was an amazing woman who more than held her own in the early days of male-dominated television and went on to become a worldwide celebrity known for her many perceptive interviews with stars from every walk of life. We will miss her but always remember her with great fondness.”
Hilton, who recently promised new music in the coming year, took to Twitter to honor the legendary journalist. “Sad hear the news about Barbara Walters,” the heiress wrote. “Always loved interviewing with her. She was always kind. Such a trailblazer and icon. Sending my condolences to her family and loved ones. Rest In Peace.”
Walters’ death was announced Friday night by ABC News. Further details about her passing were not immediately available at press time.
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