Barbara Walters: The Money is in the Tears

As Barbara Walters winds up her final week on TV, she jokingly had some advice for other Journalists out there.

“It is fine to make people smile,” she said with a smirk, “but the real money is in making them cry. Nothing brings in the viewers like seeing a celebrity reduced to tears. You may think, aw, I’m really feeling bad for them, but all I’m thinking is ‘ca-ching!’ ”

It was a joke, but it had an uncanny ring of truth to it.

The Boston Globe says that Barbara Walters has not made her fortune on confrontation and insight so much as a few soft cries and confidential whispers.

The question now is, who will replace the un-replaceable?