Barbara Walters retiring, confirms retirement in 2014

By on May 13, 2013 in Television, United States Comments

Barbara Walters is retiring. The legendary TV newscaster officially confirmed that she will retire in 2014, after working with ABC News since 1976. Late last March, rumors spread that Ms. Walters plans to retire next year and that she will announce her retirement on May on her ABC daytime program, “The View.”

Barbara Walters

Barbara Walters
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“Big news – and I want to tell you first: (Looking forward to one more great year!)” Barbara Walters (@BarbaraJWalters) tweeted this Sunday, May 12, 2013, adding a link to a report at ABC News, announcing her retirement in 2014.

“For decades, Barbara Walters has inspired millions with her groundbreaking interviews — but after 37 years with ABC News, the newscaster is announcing on “The View” Monday that next summer, she will retire from TV journalism.” A statement reads at this Sunday.

According to ABC News, Walters, 83, will still appear on “The View,” and will be anchoring specials throughout the year, including a “20 Years of 10 Most Fascinating People” special this coming December. She will also remain as the Executive Producer of “The View,” which she created back in 1997.

“I am very happy with my decision and look forward to a wonderful and special year ahead both on ‘The View’ and with ABC News. I created ‘The View’ and am delighted it will last beyond my leaving it.” Barbara Walters said. She started her hosting career in 1961 at NBC‘s “Today Show,” and later became the show’s co-host.

“No one was more surprised than I, I wasn’t beautiful, like many of the women on the program before me, [and] I had trouble pronouncing my r’s. I still do!” Walters added, became the first female anchor on an evening news program via ABC‘s “Evening News” in 1976.

“There’s only one Barbara Walters. And we look forward to making her final year on television as remarkable, path-breaking and news-making as Barbara herself. Barbara will always have a home at ABC News and we look forward to a year befitting her brilliant career, filled with exclusive interviews, great adventures, and indelible memories.” ABC News President Ben Sherwood said.

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