Barbara Walters plans to retire the summer of 2014
On Monday, Barbara Walters made an official announcement on “The View” that she will be a retired journalist in May 2014.
Walters has been on television for more than 50 years and now she will be able to “admire the gifted women” who will be taking her place.
After a short video spanning from the start of her career until today, Walters made a short remark to the audience of “The View.”
“A year from now, I plan to retire from appearing on television at all,” she said. “It has been an absolutely joyful, rewarding, challenging, fascinating, and occasionally, bumpy ride and I wouldn’t change a thing. I’m perfectly healthy. This is my decision. I’ve been thinking about it for a long time and this is what I want to do.”
Later, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg joined her and the show’s co-hosts. He talked about how Walters has changed journalism by asking tough questions and keeping the public informed.
Before watching the video of her retirement announcement, I remembered that I have a book about Walter’s life that I need to read. So, I guess that’ll be added to my summer reading list!
In the meantime, I look forward to watching her last segments on “The View” and learning more about her experiences as a broadcast journalist.