What Retirement? Barbara Walters Nabs Exclusive with Donald Sterling Girlfriend

Barbara Walters Leaving Television on her
Martin Schoeller for Variety

She may be two weeks away from retirement, but Barbara Walters is still working the phones.

Walters nabbed the first TV sit-down interview with V. Stiviano, the woman at the center of the racism controversy that has surrounded businessman and L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling.

Sterling has been banned from the NBA for life and suffered sponsor defections from the team as a result of an audio recording hat surfaced last week on TMZ that featured Sterling making derogatory remarks about African-Americans.

Stiviano told Walters that she did not believe Sterling was racist, but then she suggested there were more revelations to come.

“There’s been a number of occasions where Mr. Sterling and I had conversations just like this one. This was one of very many,” she said. “Part of what the world heard was only 15 minutes. There’s a number of other hours that the world doesn’t know,” she said.

Stiviano also denies being Sterling’s girlfriend, describing herself as his “personal assistant.”

Walters interview aired Friday on ABC newsmagazine “20/20.” The veteran journo is scheduled to sign off from TV and her perch on ABC’s daytime series “The View” on May 16.

SEE ALSO: Barbara Walters on Her Retirement and Big Changes at ‘The View’ “


But the Stiviano sit-down reinforces the clout she has in convincing newsmakers to speak exclusively to her, and is a sign that she may jump back into the news fray from her retirement if opportunity for a big-get interview arises.

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  1. It’s simple no one expect Oprah has the name recognition anymore for the average person. But if you are suddenly famous and Barbara Walters wants to interview you you say yes, especially because alot of people don’t even realize Oprah’s channel exists.

  2. Shayn Roby says:

    Reblogged this on shaynroby and commented:
    Shayn Roby’s Take: Vanessa Stiviano loses all credibility when she says that she was Donald Sterling’s “personal assistant”. We all know what part of his anatomy she was being paid to assist.

  3. GetFiddle Man says:

    Barbara asked the right questions and the interview was good. Nevertheless, she looks wide-eyed and it is a distraction. I don’t mean this to be a slam, just the truth, because, after all, we are talking about the visual medium,TV.

  4. nelson says:

    Give it up to Barbara ! Just when I thought she was losing her mind or forgetting things(Dementia) when hosting The View ! She got probably the most interesting personality today(V.Stiviano)! This is big, from a celebrity standpoint ! Barbara your leaving ABC with a bang ! How in the world did she manage to get her ? Wow ! I Can’t get enough of this story !!

  5. TV101 says:

    When Barbara announced the date of her final appearance on “The View,” she also said she was keeping her office at ABC News and would be back from time to time (as part of ABC News) should a major story break or if she’s needed – something like that. But I, too, was surprised and pleased to see her nab such a big interview at this time. Major props to Barbara. I don’t think she should go anywhere. She can still do these major interviews. Why not? They don’t happen very often. I wish ABC News would realease a box set of all of her interviews throughout the years. She is very special. I am sorry to see her leave “The View” but my DVR is mad at me because I’ve stopped watching and piles of episodes have built up. I refuse to believe Baraba is leaving our nation’s airwaves completely…. she is part of many generations’ television history and I also know how much she enjoys it. Don’t walk away completely Babs!!

  6. Mark Brislin says:

    What an absolute idiot…Archivist? Right hand arm—man? A 31 yr old leech with the mentality of a 16 yr old. Heck, all little American girls should aspire to such a noble “profession”. And what do you want to be when you grow up? I wanna be an Archivist for a billionaire! LOL

  7. F S N says:

    Reblogged this on Global News Now.

  8. bsbarnes says:

    Well, the default “exclusive” celebrity interviews will end up with Oprah Winfrey which; seeing as how Oprah is looking to buy The Clippers in the wake of this scandal; took her out of the running, this time. But Barbara Walters did not score Lance Armstrong’s “confession”: Oprah did! V. Stiviano, you are a “personal assistant” in the way that Kato Kaylin was O.J.s “houseguest” and Monica Lewinsky was Bill Clinton’s “intern”: every story has a beginning, V., but nobody buys that that’s where the story ended, young lady. And what Stiviano had to say on that leaked tape was so stilted and pre-meditated that there’s no way that Sterling would have ever hired her to be his “personal assistant” without her first having sniggered alongside him in his more objectionable sentiments, first. It’s not like Sterling was an undercover troglodyte, for goodness’ sake: you don’t get two lifetime achievement awards from the L.A. NAACP because you’re twice as black as the next guy, you get it because you bribe the NAACP twice as much as the next white guy, simple as that! Donald Sterling found himself caught between “Pharoah’s wife” and “Delilah”, and it’s hard to feel sympathy for him as he is being blinded, shorn & stripped naked by his mistress then wakes up fleeced by his wife as the Divorce Court vacates his pre-nuptial agreement over a Morals Clause, but if ever a billionaire deserved to be bilked, Dapper Donald qualifies. Stiviano is certainly not Woodward & Bernstein wrapped up in a Facebook bikini, and Barbara Walters is using her same old dog-earred playbook to get this lightly-researched face-saving self-serving interview: it will surely provide more light than heat. Donald Sterling will never apologize, the NBA will never force him to sell the Clippers, and Sterling will get his second pound of flesh from the NAACP, because billionaires don’t blink in the Big City, baby!

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