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

Cheri Oteri, a former “SNL” solid member, broke out her impersonation of late journalism icon Barbara Walters throughout CNN’s New 12 months’s Eve protection on Saturday.

Oteri, who as soon as interviewed Walters for a bit on “The View,” instructed co-hosts Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen that the journalist had a knack for making newsworthy recollections and described her as being part of the material of her childhood.

Walters died on Friday on the age of 93 and tributes from throughout the media trade have poured in to honor the enduring broadcaster.

“For every newsworthy memory, she was there,” Oteri stated.

Oteri, who has damaged out her impersonation throughout CNN’s New 12 months’s Eve protection in previous years, later revealed what she initially considered attempting her hand at Walters on “SNL.”

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

“I didn’t want to do it, but then I was like, ‘Wait a second. That would be such an honor.’ So I studied her like I never studied somebody before.”

She added: “Then to have her blessing and be on The View, I was just in awe. She broke every journalistic barrier for women, and here she is asking me, ‘Cheri, how do you do me?’”

Oteri later recalled telling Walters that when she does an interview she often offers “three compliments and then [goes] in for the kill.’”

You may watch Oteri’s impersonation of Walters across the 1:48 mark within the video beneath.

Oteri isn’t the one “Saturday Night Live” alum to impersonate Walters.

Gilda Radner’s recurring “Baba Wawa” character helped outline her time with the NBC comedy sketch present between 1975 to 1980.

Radner’s impersonation, Walters as soon as stated, marked the primary time {that a} comic made enjoyable of stories anchors.

“Gilda was the original and, of course, I laughed at everybody as long as it wasn’t me,” Walters stated.

“When Gilda first began to do ‘Baba Wawa,’ I hated it. I didn’t like it… I don’t talk that way and I do pronounce my R’s. Why did my parents have to name me Baba Walters?”

Walters recalled later embracing Radner when she encountered her in France.

“It was lovely and it was sweet, I loved her before and I’ve loved her ever since.”


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