Barbara Walters Announces Retirement After 50 Years On-The-Air [VIDEO]
Barbara Walters, the legendary news anchor, television journalist and talk show host, will end her 50-year career on television next summer. Barbara Walters announced that she'll be discontinuing her regular appearances on television after doing it for more than five decades during a recent episode of "The View," a show that she conceived and continues to star on.
Although Barbara Walters announced her retirement, she promised that she's "not walking into the sunset" and that she'll likely be back for specials and other one-off shows.
Barbara Walters is set to retire in May 2014 after working for ABC News for more than 37 years. Until her official retirement date, which hasn't specifically been disclosed, Walters will continue to anchor ABC News in addition to "The View." Barbara Walters will also host her annual roundups, many of which will be geared toward highlighting her illustrious career interviewing politicians, celebrities, innovators and more.
"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," Barbara Walters said in a statement. "I created 'The View' and am delighted it will last beyond my leaving it."
For the uninitiated, Barbara Walters is a pioneer among women journalists. In 1976, Barbara Walters became the first female anchor on an evening news program when she joined ABC's "Evening News." In 1979, Barbara Walters continued to gain popularity and ultimately joined "20/20" as a co-host.
For more than five decades, Barbara Walters has interviewed some of the most notorious, dangerous, famous and recognizable names in the news. In her early years, Walters was known for her willingness to ask the tough questions to some of the most powerful people in the world. Fidel Castro, Vladimir Putin, Anwar Sadat, Menachem Begin and a variety of other extremely powerful political figures have been asked questions about human rights, democracy, war and other controversial topics.
In addition to interviewing some of the most powerful world leaders, Barbara Walters has interviewed some of the most popular celebrities in the World. Every year, Barbara Walters hosts a special where she interviews the people she deems the most fascinating people of the year. Although politicians and other figures have been included on the list, others notable names such as Tom Cruise, Angelina Jolie, Emma Watson, Monica Lewinsky and more have been included in the annual list. With such a strong history of interviewing the most prominent figures of her time, it's hard to imagine what ABC News will do without Barbara Walters.
"I do not want to appear on another program or climb another mountain," said Barbara Walters during her retirement announcement on "The View." "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."
In honor of Barbara Walter's illustrious career and her upcoming retirement, here's a look back at some of her greatest interviews:
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