Barbara Walters on Retiring From 'The View': 'I Have No Announcement to Make'
FILE - This Sept. 20, 2012 file photo shows Barbara Walters, host of the ABC daytime talk show "The View," arriving at the New York City Ballet Fall Gala honoring fashion designer Valentino Garavani at Lincoln Center in New York. Walters says the paparazzi were lying in wait, but she's not saying anything about her future employment. Walters returned to "The View" on Monday, after reports circulated widely the previous Friday that she would be retiring from television in May 2014. The television news legend is 83 years old. She said photographers were waiting for her as she went to work on Monday, expecting she would discuss her future plans on the air. Instead, Walters had nothing to say about whether or not the stories were true, saying "I have no announcement to make." Walters created "The View" in 1997. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, file)
Rumors have been flying fast and furiously the last few days about Barbara Walters retiring from television. But when the longtime TV icon addressed them this morning on "The View," she said "nothing is going on" -- yet.
"There were many reports last week saying that I was retiring from ABC and there was an assumption that I would be making an an announcement today," Walters said at the top of the show. "And the paparazzi were outside my home today ... However, here I am, and I have no announcement to make."
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Still, her words weren't quite a denial. A source recently confirmed to omg! that the 83-year-old is planning to step down from "The View" as well as other ABC news duties in May. It would mark the end of a television era; the boundary-shattering newswoman served as the first female co-host of "Today" and the first female co-anchor of "ABC Evening News."
Walters created "The View" in 1997 and appeared as an occasional co-host over the years. If she does retire in May, the talk show will have two (possibly three) holes to fill. Joy Behar is departing and rumors have indicated Elisabeth Hasselbeck may be on her way out, as well.
If/when Walters makes her retirement announcement, she will do it on the show she created and shepherded for the last 15 years.
"If and when I might have an announcement to make, I will do it on this program, I promise," she said this morning, "and the paparazzi guys -- you will be the last to know."