Barbara Walters may be announcing she's retiring in 2014
Forget the talk about Matt Lauer maybe hosting Jeopardy, or Anderson Cooper going to the Today show: Stalwart news host Barbara Walters may be planning her retirement. Like, for real. At least, that's what Deadline.com says.
The site's Nellie Andreeva says Walters' 52-year broadcast career may be slated for an end come May 2014. ABC is planning a huge retirement party and TV special, the site adds. Who would they be able to get to host it? The best person for that job would be Barbara Walters.
Walters broke in as co-host of Today in 1974, the first woman ever to do so, and has been going ever since. She is now 83, if you can believe that.
Deadline notes speculation has been high on this subject since the former 20/20 anchor was caught telling President Obama, "I'm retiring next year." Obviously she didn't. With Joy Behar announcing she's leaving The View this summer, Babs may have decided it was time for her to ride off into the sunset, too -- it's not like she wants to deal with Whoopi Goldberg and Elisabeth Hasselbeck fighting on her own.