Barbara Walters pokes fun at herself as she makes surprise appearance on Saturday Night Live. The legendary journalist appeared on the show’s Weekend Update segment and made fun of her reputation as a ‘soft’ interviewer. The segment was timed to coincide with Walters stepping down from ABC’s The View. After looking back at SNL sketches that have made fun of Walters over the years, she said she was upset to see herself ‘reduced to a cartoon character with a ridiculous voice’. She told SNL’s Cecily Strong: “I’m a real news anchor,” before Strong reminded her that she was a instead a co-host on the ABC talk show.  Walters then proceeded to share with Strong her ‘tips’ for television journalism, adding: “Develop a signature voice that no one will forget,” before revealing her ‘real’ voice involves high-pitched baby talk, instead of her trademark – and often ridiculed – lisp.  Walters then said: ” The softer the news, the softer the focus on the lens,’ as the camera switched between hard and soft lenses while she gave examples of how to interview President Obama and the Kardashian family differently. The television veteran also told Strong: “Do not be afraid to ask the tough questions.” One example she gave was the racy: ” Your place or mine, Brokaw?” making fun of her real-life interview skills.

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