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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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1.

Abe    

Barbara Walters won't retire. She'll die during an interview, that's when she'll quit broadcasting.

x

951 days ago
2.

Marilyn    

Big deal!
She's an old bag.
Jumped the shark years ago!
Just shut up & go away don't draw it out for ratings.

951 days ago
3.

moveover    

And who says there's no good news anymore? Good riddance!

951 days ago
4.

Derwood    

Barbara needs to retire if she is resorting to (or being coerced into) interviewing the likes of the Kartrashians. KK is NOT one of the most fascinating people of the year. She just habitually stands in front of the camera. Barbara lost a lot of my respect even having the Kartrashians on her list. It's time to retire.

951 days ago
5.

Wanda     

IT'S ABOUT TIME--this should have happened years ago. She thinks that she can say anything or do anything and it's okay--She's the "Barbara Walter". And we all know the she is a Democrat--not reporting the news for all the people. We don't need you on the View either. Thank you for retiring!!!!

951 days ago
6.

cindy    

Good,She needs too....that old bag.

951 days ago
7.

Googie    

That's what she said, that may be what she thinks, but will she???

951 days ago
8.

Superman    

Good riddance! If she thinks lowlife whores and arrogant SOBs are fascinating people, then the ole adultress should have retired a long time ago!!!

951 days ago
9.

me    

It would be impressed by her if she grilled Obama as hard as she grilled Kim Kardashian.

951 days ago
10.

Peggy    

He's going to retire next year too! God willing and the river don't rise!

951 days ago
11.

Aileen (Canada)    

Oh dear, another year?! She is long overdue for retirement. The conceit of the woman. Acting so coquetish on the view, like a teenager when talking - so embarassing to watch. Get out the door now and take the pompus windbag, Whopee Goldberg with you. Slam - thanks!

951 days ago
12.

Horndog    

Our long national nightmare is finally over.

951 days ago
13.

kar    

It's about time she retires. She is eighty two years old. Take some time to relax and enjoy a laid back life while you can! You will be missed but you deserve it!

951 days ago
14.

Mazor    

Babawawa has been incompetent and over the hill for the last 20 years. The sooner I never have to see her prune face again the better.

951 days ago
15.

mssnarnd    

Yes, Virginia! There is a Santa Claus!!!

951 days ago
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