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Barbara Walters: 'I Plan to Retire' in the Summer of 2014 | Barbara Walters

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UpdatePosted 05/13/2013 11:15AM

Barbara Walters: 'I Plan to Retire' in the Summer of 2014

Originally posted 05/13/2013 06:20AM

After more than five decades, Barbara Walters is hanging up her microphone.

The veteran ABC News anchor, 83, said Monday morning on The View – the show she started in 1997 – that she will retire from TV journalism next summer.

"Let me just say I have been on television continuously for over 50 years. But in the summer of '14 I plan to retire from appearing on television at all. ... I'm perfectly healthy. This is my decision. This is what I want to do," Walters told her audience, which in the studio included Disney CEO (and therefore head of ABC) Bob Iger – who suggested once he also retires that both he and Walters go on Dancing with the Stars.

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