Barbara Walters’ Last Day on The View: May 16
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BARBARA Walters is making her retirement plans known!
The TV titan has set the date to make her final appearance on The View.
Walters — who plans to retire later this Spring — has said May 16 is the “drop dead” date for her AM sign-off.
Walters will be the subject of a two hour news special produced by ABC that will chronicle her life in front of the camera. It will air that same night, from 9-11 p.m. ET.
“This was the right time,” Walters, 84, told AARP Magazine.
“The kinds of interviews I did all these years, nobody wants them anymore. You have three minutes of a morning show. That’s different from before.”
Joining the network in 1976 as the first female news anchor was not easy.
“When I became the first woman co-anchor of a network news program, I was vilified. That did hurt me,” she tells AARP.
“I thought my career was over. No one wanted a woman, and they certainly didn’t seem to want me, and I had a co-host [Harry Reasoner] who really didn’t want me. What saved me was that Roone Arledge, who was president of ABC News, felt I had value.”
Walters will continue to executive produce The View and will contribute to ABC News “as news warrants,” the network said.
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