Reports: Barbara Walters Considering Retirement

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Thursday, 28 Mar 2013 05:48 PM

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After 52 years in journalism, Barbara Walters is set to retire in May next year, reports on Thursday suggested.

Deadline.com and the New York Post’s Page Six both reported that Walters, 83, is ready to end her career. The Post cites an unidentified source as confirming that the doyen of “The View” will make “an announcement about her retirement soon.”

“I hear she would be given a big sendoff with retrospectives and other special content in the weeks leading to her retirement that would celebrate her 52-year broadcast career,” Nellie Andreeva writes on Deadline.

Deadline says that Walters is determined to leave on her own terms, so it was uncertain if a leak of her plans to the press would make her change her mind.

Rumors that Walters would step down began in December 2011 when the entertainment website TMZ reported she had been heard on an open mic telling President Barack Obama, “I’m retiring next year,” during a break in an interview. ABC responded at the time that the remark was a joke.

Talk swirled again early this year when she suffered a bout of chicken pox and was hospitalized after a fall.

Walters was the first woman to co-host a news program when she joined NBC’s “Today” show in 1974. She was the first woman to anchor a network evening newscast two years later on “ABC Evening News.” She was a mainstay on ABC’s “20/20” for two decades and now appears on the daytime show “The View,” which she also produces.

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