Barbara Walters announces her retirement on ‘The View’

Journalist Barbara Walters arrives for the Time 100 gala celebrating the magazine's naming of the 100 most influential people in the world for the past year, in New York, April 23, 2013. REUTERS/Lucas
Journalist Barbara Walters arrives for the Time 100 gala celebrating the magazine’s naming of the 100 most influential people in the world for the past year last month. Credit: Reuters/Lucas

Pioneering journalist Barbara Walters, the first woman to co-anchor a U.S. evening news program, announced her retirement on “The View” on Monday, the host network ABC said.

In an entertainment blog posting on Sunday, the network said Walters, 83, would announce on Monday on “The View,” the all-women talk show she created in 1997, that she would retire from television journalism next summer.

“Until then, she will continue to anchor and report for ABC News, appear on “The View,” and anchor specials throughout the year,” the blog stated, noting that Walters would remain an executive producer of the show.

“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,” the blog quoted her as saying. “I created ‘The View’ and am delighted it will last beyond my leaving it.”

ABC sources said in March that, after more than five decades as a prominent figure on U.S. television, Walters planned to retire in May 2014.

Walters had open heart surgery in 2010. She fainted, hit her head and suffered a concussion in January, and was then diagnosed with chicken pox, causing her to miss more than a month of work.

She is best known as one of the top interviewers on U.S. television, counting an array of world leaders as subjects, including Cuba’s Fidel Castro, Britain’s Margaret Thatcher, Saddam Hussein of Iraq and every U.S. president since Richard Nixon.

Walters got her start in television journalism in 1961 as a writer on NBC’s “Today,” a show she would later become the first woman to co-host.

In 1976, she became the first woman to co-anchor a television evening news broadcast on any U.S. network for “ABC Evening News.” Walters has also worked as a producer and host of the ABC news magazine “20/20″ and as a correspondent for ABC News.



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