Barbara Walters announces she will retire in summer 2014
We said it weeks ago, but on Monday Barbara Walters made it official: She will be retiring from TV next summer. Who will keep the peace between Whoopi Goldberg and Elisabeth Hasselbeck after that?
"It has been an absolutely joyful, rewarding, challening, fascinating and occasionally bumpy ride, and I wouldn't change a thing," the 83-year-old said on Monday's View. "I'm perfectly healthy, this is my decision, I've been thinking about it for a long time, and this is what I want to do." She said she would continue to be a executive producer on the show and appear from time to time. "I'm not walking into the sunset."
Walters' career started in 1961 on NBC's Today Show before she moved to ABC's Evening News in 1976. After years on the network she started The View in 1997.
“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,” she said. “I created The View and am delighted it will last beyond my leaving it.”