Barbara Walters Confirms She Will Retire

Legendary newscaster moved from 'Today' to 'The View'

Legendary newscaster Barbara Walters confirmed earlier reports that she will step down from her posts at ABC News and at morning talker “The View” next summer, when she leaves a decades-long career in TV journalism that started during the early days of NBC’s “Today” program.

Until that time, ABC News said in a statement Sunday evening, she will  continue to anchor and report for ABC News, appear on “The View,” and anchor specials throughout the year including a “20 Years of 10 Most Fascinating People” special in December, an Oscars special, and a May career retrospective. Walters will remain executive producer of “The View,” the show she created in 1997.

“I am very happy with my decision,” she said in a prepared statement, adding,  ” I created ‘The View’ and am delighted it will last beyond my leaving it.”

Walters  began her career in 1961 at NBC’s “Today Show,” where she eventually became a co-host. In 1976, she found a new home at ABC Evening News, where she became the first female anchor on an evening news program. Three years later, she became a co-host of “20/20.”

Walters ” will always have a home at ABC News,” said ABC News prexy Ben Sherwood in a prepared statement.

Walters said she would not seek out new TV-news frontiers in her post-retirement years. “I do not want to appear on another program or climb another mountain,” she said.

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