The long and short of Barbara Walters retirement. Her announcement, her plans, her co-stars, her career, and thoughts from her fellow celebrities.
1. When It Will Happen
In the summer of 2014, Walters will completely retire from appearing on television ... at all. Assuring viewers that she is in perfect health and that this has been a long time coming, she does say that she will remain a producer on The View for as long as the network will have her. Hey, she's been on TV for over 50 years ... she could stand a break.
2. The TV Journalist Announces Her Departure On-Camera
— Barbara Walters (@BarbaraJWalters) May 13, 2013
Where else would the TV journalist announce her retirement?
3. Whoopi Doesn't Care
So, first Joy Behar announces that this will be her last season on The View, rumors swirl about Hasselbeck possibly leaving, and now Barbara announces her retirement. Who will join the round-table on The View? Who knows? Better yet, who cares? It's pretty clear that Whoopi doesn't.
Recently, Whoopi Goldberg told US Weekly: "Let me tell you this about The View: I take a paycheck every other week. That's all I do. I could give a sh-t what comes. I do my job — I have a contract. That's where I stand. I don't give a f-ck." Goldberg added that she's not involved in any casting decisions. "I don't care. That's not my job. My job is to show up and be cute by 11:00 and get the f-ck off that show by 12.
4. How Barbara Got Started And What She Plans To Do
Barbara Walters' Amazing Life in Photos: abcn.ws/16uAjwB
— ABC News (@ABC) May 13, 2013
In 1961, Ms. Walters began her television career on NBC's Today show and eventually became the show's co-host. Fifteen years later, she pioneered as the first anchorwoman on ABC's Evening News. Shortly after, she graduated to co-hosting 20/20. She then proceeded to interview world leaders, public figures, and A-list celebrities. She's a legend.
For the next year, Barbara will continue to appear on The View and report for ABC News. She will also anchor various specials throughout the year including those for the Oscars, the Most Fascinating People, and for a career retrospective.
5. What Donald Trump Has To Say About It
Donald seems convinced we haven't seen the last of Barbara.
Can't believe Barbara Walters is gone I used to mix up her and Madonna .
— Jose Canseco (@JoseCanseco) May 13, 2013
Congrats to @barbarawalters justannouncing she is retiring next year thank YOU barbara for paving the way for so many of us! BRAVO!
— Gayle King (@GayleKing) May 13, 2013
ABC leaks Barbara Walters is retiring in May 2014, then the story comes out she doesn't want to. Who's running ABC?NBC?
— Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) March 29, 2013
Looks like Donald isn't the only celebrity talking about Barbara Walters' retirement...
So, will Barbara pull an "Oprah" and be back to TV in no time? Time will tell.