Barbara Walters: I’m Retiring Summer 2014

Posted Monday May 13, 2013 8:25 AM GMT

It’s been a recurring rumor for quite some time, and finally Barbara Walters has confirmed she’ll be saying goodbye to “The View” next summer.

The legendary journalist made the big announcement last night (May 12), noting that she’ll still serve as an executive producer following her departure.

Babs explained, “I am very happy with my decision and look forward to a wonderful and special year ahead both on ‘The View’ and with ABC News. I created ‘The View’ and am delighted it will last beyond my leaving it.”

“I do not want to appear on another program or climb another mountain. I want instead to sit on a sunny field and admire the very gifted women — and OK, some men too — who will be taking my place.”

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