Barbara Walters' amazing career
May 13th, 2013
12:29 PM ET

Barbara Walters: I'm not gone yet

Barbara Walters received not one but two standing ovations as she announced her impending retirement on "The View" Monday.

Her words have been expected for weeks now, as the anticipation that Walters was going to retire has been at a high since March. Last month, Walters had to go on air to say that she didn't have an announcement ... yet.

But on Monday, "After all the speculation and rumors, I promised you that if I had anything to announce you would hear it first here," Walters told "The View's" audience as she took a seat next to co-hosts Whoopi Goldberg, Sherri Shepherd, Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Joy Behar.

That kicked off a retrospective of Walters' astonishing career, which began at NBC in 1961. "I was hired for 13 weeks as a writer and on-air reporter for the 'Today' show," Walters recalled. "I stayed with that show for 15 years. No one was more surprised than I because I wasn't beautiful [and] I had trouble pronouncing my 'R's.' But I had the opporutinity to change the category for women ... from 'Today' girls to co-host. I'm very proud of that."

After five decades in the business, Walters has no shortage of major accomplishments to be proud of, including being the first network evening news anchorwoman when she moved to ABC in 1976.

Since then, Walters has been a standout not only on ABC but in TV journalism. She's held countless interviews with a variety of notables, from world leaders to celebrities, and has interviewed every U.S. president and first lady since Richard and Pat Nixon.

"I've been on television continuously for over 50 years," Walters said when the retrospective ended. "But in the summer of 2014 I plan to retire from appearing on television at all. It has been an absolutely joyful, rewarding, fascinating and occasionally bumpy ride."

Although Walters' health made headlines earlier this year after she hurt her forehead in a fall, the 83-year-old said that she's "perfectly healthy," and her retirement is her decision.

"I've been thinking about it a long time, this is what I want to do," she said. "I don't want to appear on another program, I don't want to climb another mountain. I want to sit back in a sunny field and admire the many women and some men who will be taking my place. I want to thank everybody here. I hope that I may have also inspired other women to make television in front of or behind the camera. ... It's their time now. But I have another whole year to go, my last season during which we have exciting things planned."

On Twitter, colleagues and more thanked Walters for her legendary contributions.

"@BarbaraJWalters is a wonderful journalist and friend. She paved the way for all of us...and has always been there for me," Katie Couric tweeted.

"@BarbaraJWalters Have a helmet ready tho not sure you need it! Thank you 4 breaking thru so many walls," Chelsea Clinton tweeted, along with the hashtag, "trailblazer."

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg gave his best wishes in person, showing up on "The View" to take a seat next to Walters. "You've always been my idol. We both came from Boston, we both went to public schools, we both came to NY to make it big" he said. "You have made an enormous difference ... in how TV journalism is done today."

The two even reminisced about the time Bloomberg was on the show because Walters had named him the man she'd most like to marry.

"I picked the mayor, because I thought he's as cute as can be, and he's rich. We were married on this show, and ... I would like to tell you that it was never consummated," Walters joked, while Bloomberg quipped, "hope springs eternal."

Walters' "View" co-hosts, too, celebrated her accomplishments - among them, of course, being the creation of the daytime TV series in 1997.

Hasselbeck wanted to know how Walters concluded that now was the right time to retire, and she responded that it's still not perfectly clear.

"I know it's time. I want to leave when people are still saying, 'Why is she leaving?' instead of, 'Why doesn't she leave?' I know that one more year would be enough," Walters said. "I want to thank all of you, but I'm not gone yet ... you won't believe what they have in store for me."


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  1. Sap3

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    oh yea...we knew about 8 months ago....that's right haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

    May 15, 2013 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse |
  2. JealousV

    Barb is all over the news....

    May 15, 2013 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse |
  3. VitoFan

    is he still on talk soup? this guy is hilarious

    May 15, 2013 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
  4. CaliScoop30

    i love nosey reporters...

    May 15, 2013 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  5. WitchNews30

    those are my freekin earrings also....when i arrive i want it back...

    May 15, 2013 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Peshwar

      Your peak was long ago. It is time to retirre and let some younger people take over now!

      May 16, 2013 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
  6. barbs&3

    the woman is a legend in news.

    m

    May 15, 2013 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  7. b*

    Barb is a true legend....she started the whole trend for rights for women in news....

    m

    May 15, 2013 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Mine

    YOU ARE IN NO POSITION TOO HACK INTO MY LIFE..

    YOU HAVE NO REASON TO HACK INTO MY LIFE.....BUT I'M GOING TOO FINISH THE JOB–YOUR ARE A STALKER AND I WILL GET MY STALKER

    May 14, 2013 at 8:41 pm | Report abuse | Reply

    NOBODY IS LEAVING OR MOVING GIRLS...KAPEESH

    THANKS

    May 14, 2013 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse |
  9. YOU ARE IN NO POSITION TOO HACK INTO MY LIFE..

    YOU HAVE NO REASON TO HACK INTO MY LIFE.....BUT I'M GOING TOO FINISH THE JOB–YOUR ARE A STALKER AND I WILL GET MY STALKER

    May 14, 2013 at 8:41 pm | Report abuse |
  10. NOBODY IS LEAVING OR MOVING GIRLS...KAPEESH

    THANKS

    May 14, 2013 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
  11. maria

    Who caressssssss...she enjoy life, meet many men.is famous,rich she is old, is about time for her to leave...his show sucks .by by Barbara I am NOT going to miss you at all!!

    May 14, 2013 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Draper...we got her...see you soon girls.

    -

    May 14, 2013 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Mei Dick

    ...just came out of her....news at 11

    May 14, 2013 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Its barbs...let's finally roll..shhhhhh

    -

    May 14, 2013 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  15. i had dairy now i'm going too squak

    darn

    May 14, 2013 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  16. I have too get my microphone brush thanks..

    -

    May 14, 2013 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
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    May 14, 2013 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  18. Meh

    A lifetime of fluff interviews coming to an end? yay

    May 14, 2013 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  19. sticky fingers started id in the afternoon.

    thanks

    May 14, 2013 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
  20. she maybe old and shallow

    but she's banging every night...baaaaaaaaaaaaaahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

    May 14, 2013 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
  21. they have done a ton of reasearch and oops there it was...

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    May 14, 2013 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
  22. Clete

    She was and remains a product of television, more of a personality than a journalist to be taken seriously. What few interviews I ever saw her conduct seemed to be shallow and I came away with the impression that she hadn't done much research about the person being interviewed.

    May 14, 2013 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
  23. draper -- rigged

    thanks

    May 14, 2013 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
  24. FACT

    SKY is a blithering idiot.

    May 14, 2013 at 9:35 am | Report abuse |
  25. FACT: barbara walters is old but has a functional relationship with a man for 30 years.

    that is all that matter

    May 14, 2013 at 8:47 am | Report abuse |
  26. SKY

    FACT: BARBARA WALTERS, IS A RARE JEWEL. A PERSON YOU NEVER FORGET.....
    A PERSON YOU LOVE AND RESPECT.

    May 14, 2013 at 8:45 am | Report abuse |
  27. Dry

    that shopping area needs some moisture

    May 14, 2013 at 7:47 am | Report abuse |
  28. Skippy

    I'd do stuff to her I guess.

    May 14, 2013 at 1:41 am | Report abuse |
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    what do you think of barbara's site...

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    May 13, 2013 at 11:06 pm | Report abuse |
  31. CRASHED THE SYSTEM

    CHECK BARBARA'S WEBSITE OUT ITS HYSTERICAL.

    May 13, 2013 at 10:44 pm | Report abuse |
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      May 13, 2013 at 11:07 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Budson Kool...

    we can do the art gallery there.

    May 13, 2013 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse |
  34. name

    /

    May 13, 2013 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Gorkey

    That's a frightening picture of Babs - looks like some horrendous Madame Tussauds wax figure that's been under a heat lamp for several hours. YIKES!!!

    May 13, 2013 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  36. T. She just started with me again--get her out or its summer photo gallery

    thanks

    May 13, 2013 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pig -- summer photo gallery is no threat

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      May 13, 2013 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • sure its a threat if its right near the dollar store..beautiful space

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      May 13, 2013 at 9:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • budson kool...better

      right before my last luncheon before heading back too work

      May 13, 2013 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Keep working on the rest of the photos but ignore her..thanks.

    -----

    May 13, 2013 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Rough Summer 3

    It will keep going until we approach her.

    May 13, 2013 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Here!

    People have been saying "Why doesn't she leave?, for 20 years now.

    May 13, 2013 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Baba O'Wawa

    Teenage wastewand, oh yeah, it's ownwy teenage wastewand...

    May 13, 2013 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  41. dibedshowupdazit

    barbara is a legend in news...

    May 13, 2013 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Derrick

      She isn't just a news woman – she is a news ________ (sorry – I couldn't think of anything funny)

      May 13, 2013 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |

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