Celebrities React: Gwen Ifill Dead At 61
Gwen Ifill, a longtime PBS journalist and television host, died Monday after a months-long battle with cancer. She was 61. Celebrities are now reacting on Twitter to the death of the newswoman. See stars tributes below.
Ifill, one of the most prominent African-American journalists in the country, hosted PBS’ “Washington Week” and was a co-anchor of “PBS NewsHour.” She covered seven presidential campaigns throughout her successful career, and also moderated the vice presidential debates in 2004 and 2008. Obviously, many of Ifill’s peers in journalism are among those honoring her legacy. Katie Couric tweeted, “The extraordinarily timed and intelligent Gwen Ifill has passed away from cancer. I will so miss her impeccable character and friendship.” “Today” show co-anchor Tamron Hall said, “Heartbroken to learn Gwen Ifill has passed away. She was my hero, a woman who deserved all the praise she received. Honest and true.”
Meanwhile, Arianna Huffington offered, “Very sad news about Gwen Ifill — her voice will be missed. Condolences to her family, friends and colleagues.” CNN anchor Jake Tapper simply wrote, “RIP Gwen Ifill,” while CNN host Lisa Ling expressed, “Am so sad to learn of Gwen Ifill’s passing. She contributed so much to journalism and politics. May she rest in peace.” And NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt said, “Very sad to learn we have lost Gwen Ifill. Gwen represented the best of broadcast journalism. Our hearts are broken.”
Additional celebrities to react to Ifill’s passing included Emmy Rossum, who offered, “Rest in peace, Gwen Ifill.” Uzo Aduba noted, “She was a great journalist, great moderator, a pillar in news. Gwen Ifill is deservedly the news this hour.” Nancy Pelosi tweeted, “Saddened by the passing of Gwen Ifill – a true trailblazer in her field and a role model for young women journalists across the nation.” And Josh Groban added, “A great loss to great journalism when we need it most. RIP Gwen Ifill.”
John Legend expressed, “RIP Gwen Ifill. She was wonderful.” Kelly Ripa said, “Rip Gwen Ifill. Such a loss.” Star Jones tweeted, “My heart aches over the loss of PBS’ #GwenIfill. She taught ethical journalism every time she opened her mouth. #RIP.” Bette Midler said, “I am mourning the passing of Gwen Ifill, whose commentary and reading of the news I looked to as fair and balanced. But really.” And a saddened George Takei conveyed, “2016, you are cruel.” Gossip Cop will update as more celebrities react to Ifill’s death and pay tribute.