This morning on ABC’s The View, Barbara Walters made a special announcement that was emotional in many ways as the TV icon is departing The View as co-host on Friday May 16th. As Walters had told the audience last spring that in a year she would be saying goodbye and that time is almost is next month.
Walters who is 84, will be given all sorts of salutes including a two-hour special highlighting her life and career on ABC, from 9-11 p.m. ET on May 16th.
She will continue to executive produce The View, and will be a “lifelong member of ABC News, contributing as news warrants,” Walters told the audience this morning. ABC News Headquarters in New York City will be named in Walter’s honor during a dedication ceremony that will take place this spring. The View will toast Walters’ career with a week-long celebration beginning on Monday May 12th.
“I don’t want to get too weepy,” she said. “I love being on with the two of you,” Walters said about her co-hosts Jenny McCarthy and Sherri Shepherd, and then went on to say about Whoopi Goldberg, “I cannot tell you how much emotion and love I have for Whoopi and admiration.”
Walters said she feels “sad” knowing there are about 30 episodes left for her, but added “It feels right for me. I love this show. I love what we’ve done. Itwill continue without me. But I also know that it’s time. I don’t want people to say, ‘Is she still here?’”
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