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04/10/2014 03:35 pm ET Updated Apr 10, 2014

Kathy Griffin: 'The View' Will Survive Without Barbara Walters (VIDEO)

Kathy Griffin's pastime of antagonizing Barbara Walters on "The View" is now a thing of the past.

Just before she joined HuffPost Live's Caitlyn Becker to chat about her upcoming tour dates, Griffin taped an episode of "The View" that will be her last with Walters before the television legend retires on May 16.

"Look, I'm happy to just survive Barbara Walters, because I went on 'The View' and I said, 'This is it, this is your last shot to take me out once and for all.' I told my mom I love her, I said my goodbyes, and Barbara was very sweet," Griffin joked.

Walters has long been a part of Griffin's act, and she admitted that she's gone after Walters "pretty hard." At one time Griffin was banned from appearing on "The View" because of her jokes about the host, but she said Walters has become more accepting.

"She's finally come around, and she's finally realized, 'Oh, you're actually a comedian who's just kidding,'" she said. "Eventually you know, you sort of get to an age or whatever, it's just so great when these people go, 'Oh, it's OK to be in your act, you're not actually really trying to harm me in any way.'"

As the creator and host of "The View" for 17 years, Walters is infused into the show's DNA, and her absence will certainly change the dynamic. But Griffin believes the series will survive without her.

"We'll see, but I mean, Whoopi Goldberg is, I think, kind of the head of the table, and she's very, very bright, and, of course, a fellow Grammy winner for best comedy album and EGOT. So yes, I think they'll do great," she said.

Watch the full HuffPost Live conversation with Kathy Griffin below.

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