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Barbara Walters reveals her final 'View' broadcast, official TV retirement

Barbara Walters reveals her final 'View' broadcast, official date of TV retirement
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Barbara Walters announced a year ago that she was planning to retire. Since then we have watched her host her farewell editions of several of her annual shows. On April 7, according to MSN TV News, the world renowned journalist announced her final date on ABC’s “The View” will be May 16.

ABC will use that date to honor the 84 year old, who joined the network in 1976. She was the firsat woman to anchor the evening news and went on to become the co-host of ABC’s “20/20.” She launched “The View,” an all-women discussion of current events in 1997.

In addition to anything that will be celebrated on “The View,” the network has a 2-hour extravaganza planned for that evening which will honor her. They will also be naming the New York City new headquarters after her as a special tribute to the groundbreaking journalist.

Disney CEO and Chairman Robert Iger released the following statement:

"In this business there are legends, there are icons, and then there is Barbara Walters. She's a dear friend and colleague as well as someone I deeply admire, and it's impossible to fully convey her impact and influence on television. She broke barriers, defied convention, made history and set the standard for journalistic excellence for more than 50 years. It's hard to imagine television without her."

Though Walters is cutting out her regularly scheduled appearances, she will still be contributing to ABC News “as events warrant,” according to the network.

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