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Journalist Ends An Oscar Night Tradition

Thursday 4 March 2010 @ 15:25 - GMT

Barbara Walters says she is doing her last Oscar special this weekend.

The 80-year-old, whose past Oscar subjects have included Elton, says:

"I don't find it harder to interview celebrities now. I find it harder to interview a celebrity who hasn't been all over the place. And now everybody's a celebrity if that's the word you're using."

Just because Walters is stopping the programme doesn't mean she's done with TV.

"I am not retiring!" she insists. "I will still be doing the 10 most fascinating people, I will still be on The View, which I love. I will still be doing pieces for ABC News."

She admits, though to being sort of sad, "but television has changed. Some nominees have just been in one movie. It's a different time, and I'd rather we left when people say, 'Weren't they wonderful?' than they said, 'Oh, I've seen that.' I want the memories to be fresh."

The last Academy Awards edition of The Barbara Walters Special will air Sunday at 7 p.m. EDT on ABC and includes chats with Sandra Bullock and Mo'Nique.

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