“She did it, she blazed the trail like a pioneer," said "Today" show anchor Savannah Guthrie.
"I studied her like I never studied somebody before,” said former "Saturday Night Live" cast member Cheri Oteri.
"Next time, shoplift," Walters bluntly said after Lewinsky's relationship with then-President Bill Clinton became a huge scandal in the late 1990s.
Walters, a former "ABC Evening News" co-anchor whose career lasted over 50 years, died at the age of 93 on Friday.
The ABC News icon and co-founder of "The View" was the first female anchor to make $1 million a year.
"I thought, ‘This isn’t right. I don’t understand what this is,’" Shields recalled of the interview 41 years ago.
During the interview, Walters asked the 15-year-old actor her measurements and if she kept any secrets from her mother.
The CNN host struggled to keep it together during the network's live New Year's Eve broadcast.
“F**k that!” the co-host said backstage in 2006 after a heated exchange with Barbara Walters on-air.
"Ladies Who Punch" details some of the never-reported scandals that plagued the hit TV talk show.