April 7th, 2014
02:57 PM ET
In roughly five weeks, Barbara Walters will tape her final episode of "The View."
On May 16, Walters will make her final co-hosting appearance on the ABC daytime talk show she helped create, and will also bid farewell with a two-hour special on ABC later that night.
After starting her national broadcast career more than 50 years ago, the 84-year-old said last spring that she's more than ready to work only behind the camera from now on.
"I've been thinking about it a long time, this is what I want to do," she said in May. "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."
Although she's put in decades of effort, Walters isn't going to stop working altogether. She'll still serve as executive producer of "The View," and will make special appearances for ABC News when needed.
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