During lengthy remarks at the top of Monday's program, Walters addressed the issue, which has been following her for months. Yes, she is retiring next year. But she was quick to clarify: "I'm not walking into the sunset."
She will continue to serve as co-executive producer of "The View," the program she helped launch, and she will return for special occasions. But she won't be a regular on-camera presence on that show, or any show.
Walters, who was hospitalized earlier this year with a rare case of adult
Walters made the announcement in front of a VIP audience, including
Iger recalled his early days with the company as a production assistant, when he had to deliver a package to Walters' dressing room and met her for the first time. When Walters mentioned that he was set to retire from Disney in 2015, she asked what the two of them were going to do.
"The two of us love to dance, I say we go on '
Reports surfaced in March that she would be stepping down from "The View," but Walters denied them. Now the countdown is officially on for Walters fans to get their last looks in.