Barbara Walters announced retirement on ‘The View’

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Barbara Walters finally announces retirement (1)

Barbara Walters has officially announced on “The View” that she will retire in 2014.

The Veteran US broadcaster, who has interviewed every US president and first lady since Richard Nixon in 1980, confirmed her retirement plans on the Monday edition of her all-female daytime talk show ‘The View’ (which she created in 1997.

The 83-year-old journalist, who began her career in 1961, said in a statement: “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. I created The View and am delighted it will last beyond my leaving it.” She adds: “I do not want to appear on another program or climb another mountain. I want instead to sit on a sunny field and admire the very gifted women – and, OK, some men, too – who will be taking my place.’”

ABC said in March Walters planned to retire in May 2014, after over five decades as a prominent figure on US television. ABC News president Ben Sherwood said Sunday: “There is only one Barbara Walters. We look forward to making her final year on television as remarkable, path-breaking and news-making as Barbara herself.”

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