Now this is just bizarre. In early 1991 - during the heyday of Turtlemania - Barbara Walters sat down for a 1-on-4 interview with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles as part of her annual pre-Oscar interview special. Seriously. I have no idea who else Barbara interviewed that year, but her 3-minute talk with the Shelled Ones must have been the highlight of the program.
There's a lot to like about this clip, from Barbara's stilted utterance of "Yo Raphael," to Michelangelo's discussion of the Academy's supposed anti-reptile bias, to Donatello's interview-ending weep fest (which, I must say, seemed to legitimately surprise Ms. Walters).
Of course, as she told the New York Daily News earlier this year, Barbara doesn't look back on this moment in her career with much fondness:
Q: When you look back at all the interviews you've done over the years, from John Travolta to Shirley MacLaine to Sophia Loren to Miley Cyrus, which stand out the most in your memory?
A: Bette Davis, in 1987. It was after she had a stroke. She was unrecognizable, but she was as feisty and as direct and, in a sense, angry as ever. I think it was one of her last, if not the last, interview she did. She died two years later.
Also, God help me, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in, I think, 1991. I think that was the strangest. I do not want to go down in history for interviewing the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. I don't know whose idea it was, but anyway, there we were, and they all cried their wet tears on my dress. I could never wear it again.
That's OK Barbara. We still love you. Click through for the full video.