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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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61.

Linda Rittenhouse    

After reading the first 15 comments there was no reason to go on to read more. It's disgusting, sad and immature how the world is today due to the way they have absolutely nothing good to say about anyone, but take delight in bashing and degrading whoever they can. Sounds like they don't even like themselves. SHAME ON YOU!

987 days ago
62.

noneya    

How I wi***** were true. I never liked her. I wish her and Regis would both fall into obscurity where they belong.

987 days ago
63.

Sharon M Rybak    

She needs to go, the old bitch! Everytime she opens her mouth, some crap comes out! She is a T###P....go find another man!

987 days ago
64.

wayne    

the Kardashian's = most fascinating people last night
you go tto be kidding me - Barbara needs to go after that

987 days ago
65.

Politico Pablo    

Retire to what? Barbara Walters should go out the same way she came in... on the air. Then we can send her to the Smithsonian Radio & Televison Museum.

987 days ago
66.

♥TMZ but ...    

who cares? is it that big a topic?

987 days ago
67.

Lisa Green    

so what if she is retiring-whats the big deal? everyone does, eventually....

987 days ago
68.

The Love Sponge    

Thank God it won't take an asteroid hitting the earth to get this dinosaur to retire in the next year.

987 days ago
69.

Hohan    

Idiot had the crapdashians as one of her most interesting people ... canada is an effed up country, but seriouisly yanks, what the hell is wrong with america?????

987 days ago
70.

Sonyaj616    

Good Riddance! Can't stand that broad.

987 days ago
71.

Maria    

I was finished with Barbara when two of her most interesting people of 2011 were Donald Trump and Pipa Middleton. What has Trump done to be recognized; and certainly Pipa Middleton, for some unknown reason, fascinates the media. There are just so many positive people in this country and the world who have truly done great things. President Obama vs Pipa Middleton-hmmmmm. True colors are always revealed.

987 days ago
72.

kelly    

Thank goodness something good is going to happen. She should retire.

987 days ago
73.

soulofanangel    

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Music in background....ding dong the witch is "dead"
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987 days ago
74.

soulofanangel    

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BARBARA WALTERS last day request from viewers? SHUT OFF all the "soft" lighting that erased decades from her 82 year old FACE! Now you have a Halloween Mask to remember!
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THANK YOU used-up kissed-up mess-up PRUNE.
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987 days ago
75.

mark    

Maybe the mortician can fix her face.

987 days ago
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