Barbara Walters Confirms She Will Retire In 2014

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.

More TV

  • Janina Gavankar

    Eka Darville, Janina Gavankar, Italia Ricci Join North Fork TV Festival Lineup

    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, […]

  • Alice Wetterlund

    'Silicon Valley' Actress Calls T.J. Miler a 'Bully,' Cast Members 'Complicit'

    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, […]

  • Troy Searer, Jesse Angelo

    New York Post Launches TV Division (EXCLUSIVE)

    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, […]

  • Anderson Cooper Facebook Watch

    Facebook Watch's News Programs Need to Look Less Like TV and More Like Facebook (Column)

    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, […]

  • Captain Marvel

    On-Location Filming Slides 5.2% in Los Angeles for Second Quarter

    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, […]

  • THE VIEW - Paula Faris is

    Paula Faris Will Leave 'View,' Weekend 'GMA" for New ABC News Role

    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, […]

  • lebron james - youtube

    LeBron James Will Be an NBA Owner, Possibly NFL, Too, Says Business Partner

    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, […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content