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Barbara Walters to President

'I'm Retiring Next Year!'

12/15/2011 1:30 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Barbara Walters and President Barack Obama
Barbara Walters
just told President Barack Obama she's retiring next year ... this according to a source who heard Barbara say it.

Barbara just finished interviewing the Prez at the White House.  According to the source, during a break in the action, Barbara leaned over to Obama and said, "I need one more interview with you because I'm retiring next year."  Here's the thing .. Barbara's mic was open when she said it, and lots of people were listening.

Barbara still does specials for the network, in addition to "The View."  Her "Most Fascinating People" show aired last night -- Obama was NOT on her list.

We called ABC News for comment, but so far ... nothing.

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12:00 PM PT: Jeff Schneider, Sr. VP of ABC News, just got off the phone with Walters and told us,  "Barbara has joked that she is retiring every year since the Clinton Administration. Anyone who just did a day trip to Syria, 90-minute prime time special and an interview with the President and First Lady hardly sounds like someone retiring from anything." 

We asked if she fibbed to Obama to get another interview, and Schneider laughed, saying, "She's one of the greatest bookers who ever lived."

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151.

JDUB    

Barbara Walters is shrewd - she will do and say anything to succeed, including telling that ridiculous bobblehead (Obama) that she is retiring, but she is also an egomaniac of the highest degree - she will not quit until she is near death.

855 days ago
152.

patty    

god i hope they are not trying to replace her w/ katie coric, is that why katie is getting a daytime talk show on abc

855 days ago
153.

Paris    

Retire Babs, retire already. Your interviews have the depth of a dinner plate.

855 days ago
154.

Cooley    

She needs to retire. Her sh&tty Fascinating People countdown last night was pathetic.

Terrible interviews. Old interviews filmed two months ago. Insulting people she claimed were fascinating. And Just poor choices overall.

Retired, Babs!

855 days ago
155.

bring back recent posts    

...I miss the good old days of television, and yes..Ms.Walters was someone you looked forward to watching on her regular shows she did...however..thanks too the writers strike in 2007...REALITY TV WAS BORN...and between that and technology ...it's all gone down the drain...so now we are saturated with KKrap!!!!!...and they just got lucky and hit the bandwagon at the right time...hearing her list of Most Fasinating? well...didn't even bother turning on......and played on the internet...sad...tv sucks and so does mainstream gossip..etc...sometimes its fun to have a break and get entertained..hard to come by these days.just sayin..

855 days ago
156.

MP    

Ms. Walters has had a wonderful career and I think she's a trailblazer who has paved the way for women in journalism, but it's sad to see what her career has become in the last decade or so. I think she's a joke now and her 10 Most Fascinating People show last night proves it. I would like to see her retire and do a few hard news specials a year, no more of these Fascinating People or Oscar specials. She's better than that. I think she's still very sharp mentally.

855 days ago
157.

Mikhail smith    

Now she will Planning for retirement in the Next year.Due to this cause she is saying to Obama that she is Retirement Next year.
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855 days ago
158.

sean    

She needs to go she lost her focus on what real news is years ago. Now she can have her fancy, silly dinner parties with her ridiculous games, and not worry about insulting some of her rich republican friends on the view.

855 days ago
159.

leslie    

hopefully he will too

855 days ago
160.

bluzzone    

Her recent list of most fascinating people perfectly illustrates why she should retire. The Kardashians ??? The most annoying, yes.

855 days ago
161.

Sara Bailey    

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855 days ago
162.

jayfro    

Barbara, just retire NOW! I'm really sick and tired of your digging for nonsense reporting like with Derek Jeter. You think your just so much better than everyone else it's annoying. Retire already. I'm sure she'll wait another year and a half. She has another election to sway.

854 days ago
163.

DJo    

Good!

854 days ago
164.

Cujeaux    

Please do retire so you don't have to keep stretching your skin into that surprised look. Age gracefully like Leslie Stahl.

854 days ago
165.

jadurand926    

What do the initials TMZ stand for?

854 days ago
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