After much speculation and rumors for the past couple of months, TV legend and groundbreaking reporter Barbra Walters announced that she plans to retire from all things TV in 2014. Walters made the official announcement on the Monday episode of the female chat show The View (which she co-host and co-executive produces) after the story leaked Sunday night.
"I’ve been on television continuously for over 50 years," Walters said when the retrospective ended. "But in the summer of 2014 I plan to retire from appearing on television at all. It has been an absolutely joyful, rewarding, fascinating and occasionally bumpy ride."
She then went on to say, “I’ve been thinking about it a long time, this is what I want to do,” she said. “I don’t want to appear on another program, I don’t want to climb another mountain. I want to sit back in a sunny field and admire the many women and some men who will be taking my place. I want to thank everybody here. I hope that I may have also inspired other women to make television in front of or behind the camera. … It’s their time now. But I have another whole year to go, my last season during which we have exciting things planned.”
The audience of The View was filled with ABC executives all showing their love, respect, and thanks to Walters. “There’s only one Barbara Walters,” said ABC News President Ben Sherwood. “And we look forward to making her final year on television as remarkable, path-breaking and news-making as Barbara herself.”