Barbara Walters retiring, ABC veteran journalist to retire next year, reports say

By on Mar 29, 2013 in Television, United States Comments

Updated: May 13, 2013 6:20 p.m.

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Barbara Walters is retiring next year. This is what major US news sites including The New York Times, Washington Post, and Huffington Post have reported this Thursday, March 28, 2013, and cited sources familiar with the matter. ABC Network, where Ms. Walters has been working since 1976, did not confirm the report.

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Barbara Walters for ABC portrait
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According to reports, multiple reliable sources said that Barbara Walters plans to retire in May 2014 and will formally announce her retirement this coming May on her ABC daytime program, “The View.” Deadline.com said that the network has plans to pay tribute to her before she officially retires next year.

Walters, 83, began her broadcast career began in 1961 as a reporter, writer and panel member of NBC‘s “Today Show” and became its co-host in 1974. However, she transferred to ABC in 1976 and has been hosting ABC News since then. In 1997, she co-created the show, “The View” and became its host.

Barbara Walters had interviewed numerous world leaders including Russia‘s Boris Yeltsin and Vladimir Putin; China’s Jiang Zemi, UK‘s Margaret Thatcher; Cuba‘s Fidel Castro, India‘s Indira Gandhi, King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, and every US president and first lady since Richard Nixon and his wife Pat.

Back in May 2010, Walters, who had also interviewed interesting and controversial personalities such as pop icon Michael Jackson, Anna Wintour, and Monica Lewinsky, announced that she will not anymore hold Oscar interviews, but will still be working with ABC and on her show.

In a November 2010, Barbara Walters interviewed Larry King episode on “The View.” King talked about his retirement from CNN, while Walters alluded to her impending retirement, saying, “I know when my time’s coming.” On the same year, Ms. Walters underwent a heart bypass operation and was successful.



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