‘SNL’ Alum Can Still Nail Her Famous Barbara Walters Impersonation

Former “Saturday Night Live” cast member Cheri Oteri revealed that she was impersonating the late journalism icon Barbara Walters during her New Year’s Eve coverage on CNN Saturday.

Oteri, who once interviewed Walters on “The View,” told co-hosts Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen that journalists have a talent for creating newsworthy memories, and that she was part of her childhood. I explained that there is

Walters died Friday at the age of 93, with tributes pouring in from across the media industry to honor the iconic station.

“For all the newsworthy memories, she was there,” Oteri said.

Over the past few years, Oteri, who has broken down impersonations on CNN’s New Year’s Eve coverage, later revealed that he wanted to dabble with Walters on “SNL.”

“I was like, ‘Oh my God, this is such a big responsibility,'” Oteri said.

“I didn’t want to, but I was like, ‘Wait a minute. It’s such an honor. So I studied her like I’ve never studied anyone before.'”

She added: She broke down all journalism barriers for women. here she is asking me

Oteri told Walters that when conducting interviews, he usually “says three compliments and then [goes] come in to kill

You can see Oteri impersonating Walters at around 1:48 in the video below.

Oteri isn’t the only Saturday Night Live alum impersonating Walters.

Gilda Radner’s recurring “Baba Wawa” character helped define her era on the NBC comedy sketch show from 1975 to 1980.

In an interview with ABC, Walters said the Radner impersonation was the first time a comedian had made fun of a newscaster.

“Gilda was the original, and I laughed at everyone, unless, of course, it was me,” Walters said.

“When Gilda started doing ‘Baba Wawa,’ I hated it. I didn’t like it… I don’t talk like that. Did you have to name him Bubba Walters?”

Walters recalled hugging Radner, who died in 1989, when they met in France.

“She was cute and delicious. I loved her before, and I’ve loved her ever since.”

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