Sources tell the publication that Walters, 84, is expected to make the announcement herself in the coming weeks. She will reportedly stay on the ABC morning gabfest through next season to guide the show through its upcoming transition that will include the exits of hosts Joy Behar and (possibly) Elisabeth Hasselbeck.
THR reports that Walters’ final year on ABC News and “The View” will see plenty of tributes to the newswoman’s more than half a century in broadcasting.
News of her retirement doesn’t come entirely as a shock. Walters was kept off “The View” for several weeks in January 2013 when a bout with chicken pox caused her to become faint and fall, cutting her head at the home of the British ambassador. The incident landed her in the hospital.
This isn’t the first time Walters’ retirement has made headlines, either. During a 2011 interview with President Barack Obama, a seemingly innocuous remark about plans to retire “next year” generated much media speculation. At the time, a spokesperson for ABC News swatted down the chatter, saying, “Barbara has joked that she is retiring every year since the Clinton administration.”
Could this time be the real deal?