Barbara Walters on Retirement

American Icons, People
on May 13, 2013

Broadcast icon Barbara Walters, 83, has been breaking down barriers for more than 50 years—in the 1960s as the first woman co-host on the “Today” show and in 1976 as the first female to co-host the ABC evening news. But her long and storied career is coming to a close. On Monday, May 13, 2013, Walters announced on “The View, ” the show she and ABC producer Bill Geddie created 16 years ago, that she will retire in 2014.

Of retirement, Walters says, This is my decision. I’ve been thinking about it a long time. This is what I want to do.”

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