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Walters and the White House intern

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Barbara Walters is set to retire next month, and the 84-year old broadcasting legend is set to go out with a bang, so to speak.

That’s because Walters plans to interview perhaps the most famous White House intern ever, Monica Lewinsky.

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Walters’ 1999 interview with Lewinsky drew a record 74-million viewers, and while the residue of the infamous sex scandal involving former US Bill Clinton is sure to form part of the show, Walters claims she is more interested in Lewinsky’s personal life.

“I’d like to interview Monica again. I think Monica’s story is very interesting, because everybody else has been able to move on. I’m touched by the fact that she hasn’t been able to,” she said in an interview with Variety.

The Lewinsky topic is clearly uppermost in Walters’ mind, as she raised the topic in two further interviews.

“I wouldn't mind if my last one was Monica Lewinsky,” she said in an interview with Extra.

“I like Monica. She hasn't been seen. I think she's a good person and I wouldn't mind doing an interview with her.”

A few days later, she told David Letterman, also on the brink of retiring, the same thing.

Part 1 of the first interview:

“I think she has an OK life,” she told the talk show host.

“I think it’s still difficult for her. Since this is my last year in television, I would love to be able to talk to Monica again.”

All that’s left is for the now 40-year-old Lewinsky to agree.

Walters has also said that she’d like to interview the Pope and Queen Elizabeth, but a Lewinsky interview would certainly ensure a rousing send-off for what has been a stellar career. - Tonight Reporter

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