Is Barbara Walters Gearing Up to Retire?
Is journalist extraordinaire Barbara Walters ready to sign off from television news for good? Per Deadline, after a 52-year career in broadcast journalism, Walters is gearing up to announce her retirement in May. According to the site, ABC is set to give B.W. a spectacular goodbye, which will include highlights from career.
This isn’t the first time speculation regarding Walters' retirement has occurred. In December 2011, TMZ first reported Walters would retire, after a microphone was left on while she was interviewing President Barack Obama. During a break in their talk, Walters remarked,
"I’m retiring next year."
At the time, ABC News stated Walters was only joking about retirement. Walters was sidelined for much of the first few months of 2013, following a fall and bout with chicken pox.
Rumblings about the 83-year-old's possible retirement come on the heels of rumors surrounding The View being completely revamped. Joy Behar recently announced her departure from the talk show; while rumors persist Elisabeth Hasselbeck is on her way out.