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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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76.

sully    

Barbara and Obama need to retire next year.

1008 days ago
77.

soulofanangel    

------------------------------------------------------------What AS* will Elizabeth Hasselbeck kiss next?
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Sherri, Whoopee, Liz and Joy....the clock is ticking. Joy Behar's show on HLN was cancelled, Walters retiring (phew), Regis retired (couldn't read the writing on the wall so they read it TO HIM). That leaves OLD GOAT David LETTERMAN to "take the bait" and ponder the Montana sunsets.
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DECEMBER 21, 2012 looming?
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1008 days ago
78.

Jon Kaufmann    

I was amazed at so much hatred and negativity from the posters on this topic. I don't think Barbara picks the most fascinating, I think it is compiled through surveys, interviews, and what people are talking about most often. Now maybe you can be a bit more gracious; she has interviewed some greats, some near greats, and some famous just for beinb famous. If you noticed, she called the K crowd on their lack of talent, and asked them, basically, what they do. She makes her list from the most popular topics of the year, not necessarily the ones she personally would think are fascinating to her, but to the public as a whole.

1008 days ago
79.

eltucco    

this old bag must be 90 years old by now.

1008 days ago
80.

Howard    

Good she should have done that years ago. No one will miss her thats for sure.

1008 days ago
81.

eltucco    

you know this old broad is gone her favorite male of the year is simon cowell how sick is that?

1008 days ago
82.

CountryGal    

These folks need to go out like the Seinfeld show, while you're still on top of your game and people still love you. Quit hanging around 20, 30, 40 years and end up annoying the hell out of us.

1008 days ago
83.

Rich     

With respect for a woman about my age...it is time to go. With that HOPEFULLY the VIEW will die. Your financial support and motivation for The View is admirable, it is certainly not a reasonable talk, political or social issue forum. It is a waste of time with women that have very closed mind and myopic vision.

1008 days ago
84.

scotty    

To which Obama answered: "So am I"

1008 days ago
85.

S321Saint    

BW has been retired, insignificant, inconsequential and altogether a non entity for the last 20 to 25 years. Announcing her "retirement" is silly...just go away BW.

1008 days ago
86.

SA    

all you Obama haters out their gonna be real pissed off when he be in the white house for another10 years... you bet you sweet ass I be at the poles to and voting for him again...

1008 days ago
87.

Jacko    

Hoping they misheard. Hoping it was Obama who said that.

1008 days ago
88.

joe    

BYE

1008 days ago
89.

judy    

Barbars needs to retire she is getting too old never did care for her retire and give some one else a chance

1008 days ago
90.

Beverly    

That is the best news I have heard and she can take her little group of girls with her and they can find an island far far away-might take her buddy, Obama, with her.
Cannot come soon enough.

1008 days ago
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