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Barbara Walters

Callin' It Quits in 2014

5/13/2013 4:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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051313_barbara_walters_view_launchBarbara Walters is hanging up her microphone in 2014 after 37 years with ABC News, the network announced Sunday night. 

Walters -- who will hand down the official word Monday morning on "The View" -- will continue to work on that show, and her various other news projects, through next summer.

In a statement, Walters said, "I am very happy with my decision and look forward to a wonderful and special year ahead both on 'The View' and with ABC News."

She continued, "I created 'The View' and am delighted it will last beyond my leaving it."

Walters had a health scare in January when she suffered a cut on her forehead after falling on a stair. Rumors of Walters' retirement have been swirling for months, but she had consistently brushed them off.

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46.

Jake    

Why wait... why not now? I urge to get get on easy street on SS and Medicare, where You can get a freebie from the obama "death" panel. Thank GOD that the Republicans refused to put forward any of the demanded "death" panel to decide how much care a person can get.

YES, it is in place and needs a few more members before it starts work deciding who will get care and how much.

YEP, it is there, waiting for you Barbara.

339 days ago
47.

Bean    

Finally,sick of her interviewing the kartrashians!! The cackle show needs to go too!

339 days ago
48.

Lovejac23    

Feel free to leave now, ya old wanker..

339 days ago
49.

CarolynAB    

Why not 2013? It's time, Ms. Walters.

339 days ago
50.

Sandra     

I guess there comes a time when plastic surgery can't keep you looking young!!

339 days ago
51.

ragu4u    

Only 10 years late....not bad.

339 days ago
52.

Arshad Sherif, M.A., M.Ed.    

I can never forget that day when she invited Kirsten Gillibrand to "The View." It was right around the time that Harry Reid, the Senate majority leader, had said that Kirsten Gillibrand was the hottest thing in the Senate. The women of "The View" wanted to get Kirsten's reaction to Reid's remark but Kirsten was uncomfortable talking about it because Reid's remark was demeaning to her and sexist for the majority leader to be talking about her in such terms. Kirsten tried hard to maneuver her way around Reid's controversial remark, saying: "He was trying to be sweet; he was trying to be nice. And funny, actually." She quickly moved to discuss his contributions to important legislative matters, but Barbara Walters wasn't ready to let the pressure off her and kept Kirsten where she was most uncomfortable. She said to Kirsten: "But you know, looking at you, you are pretty hot. And this is coming from a woman." Kirsten blushed and was speechless for a second. Then she said to Barbara Walters: "And so are you. And so are you." Barbara Walters then said to Kirsten Gillibrand: "You and I go back a long way now and I am very proud of you."

339 days ago
53.

DuckfaceJones    

I still won't watch that crappy show. But it will b nice to know i wont have to see Barbara on TV anymore.

339 days ago
54.

josi    

HASTA LA VISTA BABY!
ARRIVEDERCI!
CIAO!

339 days ago
55.

jeff    

I hope you die first, you old ugly bag of bones.

339 days ago
56.

Marvin    

Did you know that Babawwwa Walters does not have a college education? Not that it is a big deal, but she tries to act as thought she highly educated and worldly cultural with a high society back ground. When in fact, she is an ambulance chaser in search of a scandalous story.

339 days ago
57.

GOLLY    

RECYCLED NEWS, come on TMZ, you reported this story last year, and earlier in the year. Is it such a slow day that you have to keep recycling your news?

339 days ago
58.

Saliza    

Who cares!! so sick of those women on View.

339 days ago
59.

Lala    

THANK GOODNESS... now go QUIETLY and join LARRY and 'REEG" at the CORNER TABLE in the BACK of the room...

339 days ago
60.

hummm    

this goodbye has been like Cher's... endless

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