After last night’s headlines news that ABC’s Barbara Walters was going to announce her retirement on this morning’s episode of The View, she did just that.
After 50 years in the business and at age 83, Walters told the audience in attendance and the viewers at home the following: “In the summer of 2014, a year from now, I plan to retire from appearing on television at all. It has been an absolutely joyful, rewarding, challenging, fascinating and occasionally bumpy ride. And I wouldn’t change a thing. I’m perfectly healthy. This is my decision. I’ve been thinking about it a long time. This is what I want to do.”
As for The View, she said she would continue as co-executive producer with Geddie “as long as the program is aired.” She said she’ll “come back” at times. “I’m not walking into the sunset.” But, she clarified, “I don’t want to appear on another program. I don’t want to climb another mountain. I want instead to sit in a sunny field and admire the very gifted women — and ok, some men, too — who will be taking my place.” She added, “I’ve had an amazing career — beyond anything I could have imagined.”
When Elisabeth Hasselbeck asked about making the decision, Walters said, “I know it’s time. I want to leave when people are still saying, ‘Why is she leaving?’ instead of ‘Why doesn’t she leave!?”
A clip package was shown of Barbara’s remarkable career including her famous and crossing of the Bay of Pigs to interview Fidel Castro and her 1999 interview with Monica Lewinsky. Walters looked teary as the audience gave her a standing ovation.
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