“A true trailblazer and icon!” Hudson tweeted along with a photo of himself with Walters. “She lived a full life and leaves such a strong legacy. Rest in peace, Barbara Walters.”
During her iconic career, the groundbreaking broadcast journalist became the first female co-host of 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 broadcasting legend.
“Nancy and I are so saddened by the news of the passing of her dear cousin Barbara Walters. The two enjoyed a deeply 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 insightful interviews with stars from all walks of life. We will miss her but always remember her with Great love.”
Hilton, who recently promised new music in the coming year, took to Twitter to honor the legendary journalist. “Sad to hear the news about Barbara Walters,” the heiress wrote. “Always loved interviewing her. She was always kind. Such a trailblazer and icon. Sending my condolences to her family and loved ones. Rest in peace.”
Walter’s death was announced Friday evening by ABC News. Additional details about her passing were immediately available at press time.
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