After more than half a century in the industry, the veteran
And the network plans to make good use of her while it can. The legendary TV personality will continue to anchor and report for ABC as well as continue to appear on
"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," she said in a story posted Sunday night on ABCNews.go.com. "I created 'The View' and am delighted it will last beyond my leaving it."
Walters will retain her executive producer role on the long-running weekday gabfest.
Talk of Walter's retirement first emerged in late March after she underwent a health scare that included a hospital stay. It later turned out she'd contracted
Now she does.
She tweeted to her followers Sunday night: "Big news — and I want to tell you first ... (Looking forward to one more great year!)" She directed them to the story on the ABC News website.
Walters has been a pioneer for women in the television industry. After working her way up from a researcher for
Her decades of groundbreaking work have included a range of high-profile interviews with countless world figures, statesmen and celebrities — including
"There's only one Barbara Walters," ABC News President
Don't count on her having a change of heart — it appears she's intent on finally being an observer.
"I do not want to appear on another program or climb another mountain," Walters said. "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."