Barbara Walters is saying goodbye to TV journalism. After more than half a century in the industry, the veteran ABC News anchor plans to retire next summer, an ABC spokesperson confirmed to The Times on Sunday night.
And the network plans to make good use of her while it can. The legendary TV personality will continue to anchor and report for ABC as well as continue to appear on “The View” and anchor specials throughout the year.
“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 in a statement issued by the network Sunday night. “I created ‘The View’ and am delighted it will last beyond my leaving it.” Walters will retain her executive producer role on the long-running weekday gabfest.
Talk of Walter’s retirement first took hold in late March after she underwent a health scare that included a hospital stay. It later turned out she was diagnosed with chicken pox. At the time, she said simply that she had no announcement to make.