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Barbara Walters ‘likely’ to retire in May 2014, source says

Updated: March 28, 2013 8:53PM



Barbara Walters, the doyenne of TV news and big newsmaker interviews, is planning to hang it up in May 2014.

The newswoman, who hosts ABC’s “The View” and prime-time specials, is 83, and will “likely” retire next spring, a person familiar with her plans said, confirming a report on Deadline.com.

A series of tributes and specials will air during the run-up to her exit, the person said, adding that an announcement from Walters herself is not expected anytime soon. An ABC News spokeswoman declined comment.

A trailblazing journalist, Walters was the first female co-host of NBC’s “Today” starting in 1974, and the first female evening-news anchor in an ill-fated pairing with Harry Reasoner at ABC a few years later. She has been the lead moderator of “The View” since its inception in 1997.

She had open-heart surgery in 2010 and took leave earlier this year to recover from chicken pox.



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