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. 


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Yes.

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The View is looking up and hearing all The Talk & are running scared! Wink A whole new show...is it still The View if everyone is gone or a new show for the awful ABCD...take a lesson and get someone that loves their daytime...YOU GO AMcD Love

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Barbara Walters seems to cause a lot of hidden tension on "The View" lately. She's often argumentative, cuts people off and goes off on silly tangents. It seems that the ladies relate to each other a lot better when she's not on....and they are freer to be themselves without worrying about censoring themselves for Barbara.

I do believe she needs to retire. She's already made millions and her legacy will continue to live on, but I think it's time........

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alstonboy, every now and then you and I agree, and this is one of those times. She's had a great career, but she's been too cranky and cutting off the free flow of discussion for far too long.

Also, I don't know why The Talk's better ratings should have any impact on The View. They aren't opposite each other, so any "talk" of The View running scared makes no sense.

The Talk has become too rehearsed. THEIR hot topics segments are obviously planned out in advance, with little comedy bits and everyone laughing too hard at jokes they already heard in rehearsal. I prefer The View, where the discussion is a REAL discussion, even though they're always talking over one another.

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TV Gord.....

I guess I should look out my window, because I might just see pigs flying! Laughing out loud Beer Beer

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No need. I live in hell, and it has indeed frozen over!

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Laughing out loud Laughing out loud Laughing out loud Laughing out loud

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It is indeed time (past time. IMO) for Babs to retire! I swear if they put Mario Cantone on to fill one of the positions, I will not watch the show! While he is funny he is also too loud and so annoying (he's a lot like so many of you say about Elizabeth... without the Conservative part, of course).

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Barbara Walters is a dried-up, hagged-out, bargain-basement c*** who should have retired decades ago.

I say good riddance to this slag heap of bad and very old rubbish.

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@FoxyMegan...which I doubt! Why so ridiculously vile & mean spirited...there is NO need to be so disrespectful when this woman is HUGELY successful pioneer for women in television to lash out in such hatred and disdain. Maybe you might not like her but there isn't any reason for being an ass! It's maybe time for her to retire her glory days have bypass now but remember karma could bite back hard for one's ignorance.

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Beer Beer Beer to harlee490!

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If this is the case it is time for Barbara to go, health issues and the way she's been acting on the show lately, I'm sure she knows it, too.

TV Gord, true the View and the Talk don't compete in the same time slot, but they do complete for the same viewers. I think the Talk's ratings increase is based on the fact that they don't talk politics alot and there's no screaming or cutting people off, and also there's flow.

I do agree, that I'm sure ABC sees the ratings and are panicking, Joy seems to have been forced out, Elisabeth has been too, (just a matter of when they announce it), and Barbara, seems like this fall, there will be a whole new View.

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The View was a great concept when it first debuted, but it has become tired. It last showed promise when Rosie "took over", but since then it has run its course.

With Walters gone, it'll be interesting to see the next incarnation.

She has had a good run.

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keanna wrote:
TV Gord, true the View and the Talk don't compete in the same time slot, but they do complete for the same viewers.

I don't see how? I've watched both shows since day one, and I've never missed a show. I've never had to choose. I'm the same viewer. What am I missing? It's like saying Y&R is competing with GH for the same viewers.

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TV Gord wrote:

"I've watched both shows since day one, and I've never missed a show. I've never had to choose. I'm the same viewer. What am I missing? It's like saying Y&R is competing with GH for the same viewers."

I think like you said, earlier, TV Gord, ABC saw the ratings for both shows and are panicking, I think after the last election, people want less politics and if the rumors are true, that ABC wants the View to steer away from it, that might be the case.

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LONG OVERDUE! She came..she went..go rest Barbara!

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From Deadline: "UPDATED EXCLUSIVE: After years of speculation, I hear Barbara Walters may be finally ready to hand up her microphone. I’ve learned a plan has been put in place for Walters to announce her retirement, eyed for May 2014."

Looks like everyone still has quite a while to plan this particular going away party. LOL

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keanna wrote:
I think like you said, earlier, TV Gord, ABC saw the ratings for both shows and are panicking.

I didn't say that, you did. Smile