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Barbara Walters

Sign of

Retirement

12/14/2012 12:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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If we take Barbara Walters literally, the interview she just did with President Barack Obama is her last with the Prez, because she'll be retiring soon.

TMZ broke the story in December, 2011 .... Barbara was interviewing Obama at the White House, and during a break, right smack into an open mic, Barbara leaned over to him and said, "I need one more interview with you because I'm retiring next year."

Barbara snagged an exclusive interview with Obama and Michelle, which airs tonight (see photo).  By our count, this is the "one more interview" to which she referred when she spoke into the open mic.

So ... is the 83-year-old broadcast icon hanging up the mic? An ABC news insider dismisses the whole retirement thing, noting Barbara has done 3 live shows on GMA this week, 5 shows on "The View" and interviewed the Prez, adding, "There have been reports for the last 5 years about Barbara retiring.  Believe it when you hear it directly from her."

We thought we just did.

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namers    

Good, she can stop asking stupid questions.

675 days ago
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andria    

She's no Betty White but I wouldn't be too terribly surprised if she's doing this into her 90's. I had no idea she was 83, I thought she was 10 years younger.

675 days ago
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Brooke    

I didn't even know she was still alive

675 days ago
4.

Fuck Celebrities    

We can only hope.

675 days ago
5.

Kelly    

BW is okay. She came off a bit addled after the Rosie episodes, but she seems to have upped her game or changed her meds since then. She's on point most of the time. No one wants to look like Regis, who was really losing mental power in the months leading up to his retirement.

675 days ago
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KnuckleDragger    

Walters will die asking questions. It's what she does. People that old are scared of retirement. They feel as soon as they stop doing what they do...they'll drop dead. For some...that's true.

675 days ago
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stu    

The View needs a WHOLE new panel!
Sandra Bernard, Carrie Fisher, Jenny McCarthy, Carrie Wilson & Sally Struthers.

675 days ago
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manbearpig    

good riddance to bad rubbish!!!

675 days ago
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Nvts    

She is still alive??????????

675 days ago
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lovehandles    

We'll miss you .You old bag .

675 days ago
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Jackie    

Hope she can go away.

675 days ago
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Ronald Jensen    

Barbara retire? I don't believe it. There are still so many of her far left extremist friends that she needs to promote.

675 days ago
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maria    

She already retired her professional jouralism career years ago. Now she just retirning from that show of 5 idiots yelling over each other and one being more ignorant than the other. Once you most fascinating people become Boo Boo...time to say goodnight.

675 days ago
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ANS84    

I don't think that is going to air tonight, rather coverage of the senseless school shooting.

675 days ago
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mary    

she should retire i have always been a fan of hers, until her interview with 1direction. my 13 yr old grandaughter (and all the other young people) who watched to see their favorite band, were unprepared form the sexual questions she asked them. i told my grandaughter that they would be on her show , the first thing she did was talk about breast .it was not an interview a kid should hear. since the band is a favorite of younger people (and they know this) she could have asked them many other questions which didnt have sexual content. i felt bad about this and wished i hadnt told my granddaughter to watch.

675 days ago
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