May 16, 2014 7:31 pm

Pardon her French: Barbara Walters flubs final words on ‘The View’

Barbara Walters, pictured on May 12, 2014.

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TORONTO — Barbara Walters signed off Friday by doing something she has done more and more frequently in recent years — she got something wrong.

At the end of a special pre-taped episode of The View, the 84-year-old broadcaster told viewers: “Maybe instead of ‘goodbye’ I should say “a bientôt” which, in French, means ‘see you later.’”

Well, not quite.

“A bientôt” is, in fact, French for “see you soon” or variations like “see you” or “bye for now.”

If Walters wanted to say “see you later” in French, she should have said “à plus tard.”

Over the past few years on The View, Walters has been widely criticized for fudging facts, mangling names and cutting-off her co-hosts.

Walters, whose television career began in 1961, will continue to serve as an executive producer of The View and will occasionally contribute to ABC News.



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