Barbara Walters' Retirement Date Set

Barbara Walters RetiresBarbara Walters has attached an official date to her previously announced retirement.

ABC announced Monday that Walters’ final day co-hosting The View will be Friday, May 16. That same night, ABC will air a two-hour special at 9/8c highlighting her life and career.

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“In this business there are legends, there are icons, and then there is Barbara Walters,” Robert A. Iger, Chairman and Chief Executive of The Walt Disney Company said in a statement. “She’s a dear friend and colleague as well as someone I deeply admire, and it’s impossible to fully convey her impact and influence on television. She broke barriers, defied convention, made history and set the standard for journalistic excellence for more than 50 years. It’s hard to imagine television without her.”

Walters will remain an executive producer on The View and, per ABC, “will be a lifelong member of ABC News, contributing as news warrants.”

The news was confirmed by Walters herself during Monday’s broadcast of The View:

Many of you have had to put up with me since your childhood — and, you’re not free of me yet, because I am not leaving television entirely. I will continue in my role as executive producer of The View, which means I can continue to watch [executive producer] Bill Geddie, with whom I have worked for more than 25 years, get older and balder … as I get blonder.

After acknowledging how much she enjoys working with fellow co-hosts Whoopi Goldberg, Sherri Shepherd and Jenny McCarthy, Walters assured viewers she will return periodically for newsy events.

 

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7 Comments
  1. belle says:

    Adios Babs, enjoy retirement! Now if only they’d retire The View along with her :)

  2. I have watched Barbara my entire life, but it is more than time. Hope she enjoys her new life.

  3. Pat says:

    I watched The View for a long time, but this year I lost interest. I really like Barbera Walters but I have felt that The View should have ended two years ago. With her retiring, it would not surprise me that the show will end.

  4. Andrew Hass says:

    Barbara Walters deserves to retire and focus on other things in her life.Plus as she said she could come back from time to time to do special interviews.So her full time job in front of the camera might be ending but her behind the scenes job is continuing.As for The View i’m thinking her last show on it will have clips of through the years and maybe even some special guests to say goodbye to her.

  5. Chablis says:

    They’ll never have her back once she’s gone. They say that to all retired people.

  6. N says:

    Thanks Babs!

  7. Barbara, you will never be forgotten….You paved the way for so many other women. You have always been straight forward and clear in anything you report. God bless you in your retirement.

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