Say it isn’t so! Barbara Walters is on the verge of announcing her retirement, HollywoodLife.com’s sister site Deadline reports. Will you be sad if she retires?
Barbara Walters To Retire — Will Get Proper Sendoff
Barbara, 83, would be given a big sendoff with retrospectives and other special content in the weeks leading to her retirement, which would celebrate her five decades-long career, HollywoodLife.com’s sister site Deadline reports.
It’s still unclear whether Barbara will go for a full retirement or keep some sort of presence on TV with occasional appearances and specials.
It was first reported that Barbara would be retiring in Dec. 2011 when TMZ reported that she made a comment to President Obama during a break in an interview. She was overheard saying, “I’m retiring next year.” However, Dec. 2011 came and went and Barbara has not yet retired.
Her falling accident and hospitalization with chicken pox earlier this year have suggested that Barbara may be ready to reduce her workload.
‘The View’ May Get A Complete Overhaul
If Barbara were to leave The View, which she executive produces and hosts, she’d follow Joy Behar’s lead — the only other original panelist besides Barbara. The comedian announced earlier this year that she’d be exiting the program in the summer. Elisabeth Hasselbeck’s future is also uncertain, suggesting that ABC may be looking to give the long-running program an overhaul.
Barbara Walters’ Career: A Pioneer Of TV Journalism
Barbara has had a monumental career. She became the first woman to co-host a news program when she joined Today in 1974 and she became the first co-anchor of a network evening news program when she joined ABC Evening News in 1976. Barbara also anchored ABC’s 20/20 for 20 years. Plus, she’s hosted and executive produced The View since it premiered on August 11, 1997.
What do YOU think, HollywoodLifers? Should Barbara Walters retire?
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