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Barbara Walters was often impersonated with great humor and praise, and saturday night live alum Cheri Oteri Taking on the late journalist was the cream of the crop. To show how much Barbara meant to her following the icon’s death at the age of 93, Cherry paid tribute to her while appearing on CNN’s New Year’s Eve special Anderson Cooper And Andy Cohen,

Cherry Admits That Before Heard Of His Passing, She Had Planned To Do His Iconic snl Icon’s imprint as she ‘started a podcast’ because Cheri knew ‘there was no modern news medium she didn’t grow with’. But out of respect, he didn’t leave an impression, instead paying tribute to the woman who was “part of the fabric of my childhood” and blessed her with the “huge responsibility” of parodying her on the show.

during his tenure snl, Cherry performed a smorgasbord of characters and impressions, but none became the gifted actress’s calling card other than her impersonation of Barbara Walters. She reported to the live Studio 8H audience 23 times on the show with This!

She even hosted an impersonation for the 2020 CNN New Year’s Eve celebration Andy Cohen And Anderson Cooper, Cherry’s Barbara said on the broadcast, “Oh, Andrew, Anderson, once again, it’s a pleasure to have you call me during your alcohol-fuelled New Year’s Eve apocalypse special 2020.” “Now I’m afraid I’ll have to reduce my exposure time with the two of you, as I’m considered high risk – or, more to the point, just high. Since we’re still in the house of holy hell we call 2020 Huh.

And Barbara co-signed an impersonation of Cherie! on his last episode Scene In 2014, Barbara also featured a pre-taped segment where she is interviewed by Cherry, who plays Barbara! Watch it above!

Barbara’s death was confirmed in a statement by her representative. HollywoodLife, which said the star “passed peacefully at his home surrounded by his loved ones.” The representative said, “She lived her life without any regrets. She was a torchbearer not only for women journalists, but for all women.

Following his death, several other celebs and journalists who had the privilege of working with the icon took to social media to pay tribute to him. Read all the heart touching messages here,

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