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Did ABC Ambush Barbara Walters With Retirement Story?

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Is ABC trying to push Barbara Walters out the door, like NBC is allegedly attempting to do with Jay Leno?  According to Showbiz 411, Walters had only discussed retiring from ABC News, but not from The View.  The site reports Walters was "ambushed" by the retirement reports.

Barbara Walters was totally ambushed by ABC today, my sources say. And the reality is, if she were even contemplating retirement of some kind, either Liz Smith or Cindy Adams would have reported it first. Now every media outlet has picked up this crazy story, and it’s quickly becoming “fact.” Stay turned to see if Walters rebuts. Interesting timing too since “The View” is not live tomorrow, but taped for Good Friday. ABC really played it well.

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However, Showbiz 411 also reported:

Any ABC insider “knowledgeable the situation” insists that Walters was not ambushed, and that this is exactly what she wanted."

What do you think? Does Walters really want to retire, or is she getting the Leno treatment?

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