Bob Zelnick, chairman of the journalism department at Boston University and a former co-worker of Walters's at ABC News, called her a "giant" in the field. "This is kind of like when Walter Cronkite retired," he said. "Barbara will never be replaced as one of the great interviewers in the history of television."
Barbara Walters retiring is kind of like when Walter Cronkite retired, except that it's not at all kind of like when Walter Cronkite retired. That is to say, Walter Cronkite is still relevant, whereas Babs has sucked celebrity ass for so long that she's a joke.