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Barbara Walters announces official retirement date

Barbara Walters
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It has been public knowledge that Barbara Walters would be retiring sometime this year, but a date wasn't set in stone. Walters has been a driving force at the ABC network. After joining the network in 1976, she changed the way people viewed women on television and broke several of the barriers put in place for what journalism was thought to be. According to an April 7 report from ABC News, Barbara Walters' last air date on “The View” will be May 16. Later that evening the network will air a two-hour tribute to Walters' life.

This is not the end of the road for Barbara Walters. She will remain a part of the ABC news team and will report on news as needed. Even though Walters will no longer be an official co-host on “The View,” she will continue to be behind the scenes as an executive producer.

Fans are expecting “The View” to honor Barbara Walters during her last day as co-host with a montage or something else fitting. Walters will end her on-air legacy on May 16. Be sure to tune into ABC at 10 a.m. CT on “The View.” Later in the evening, ABC will be running a “20/20” special to honor Walters and you can catch from 8 p.m. CT to 10 p.m. CT.

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