05:10 PM EDT 10/21/2013
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.
Originally posted 07/08/2010 09:00AM
Vacation is over. Barbara Walters will be returning to The View next week for the first time since undergoing heart valve surgery in May.
But she won't be around the table with the ladies, the news veteran, 80, will be Skyping live for the July 12 episode. She is expected to officially return in September.
On May 10, Walters announced that she'd be undergoing the surgery on a faulty valve. "You know how healthy I have been – never missed a day's work," she said, adding, "I have known of this condition for a while now and my doctors and I have decided that this is the best time to do the surgery, since the summer is coming up, I can take a nice vacation."
– Charlotte Triggs
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