TVNewser says that ABC News anchor, Hamptons resident and The View cohost Barbara Walters will retire in May, 2014. Not surprisingly, ABC is expected to air various specials, tribute shows and events over the next year, leading up to Walters’ formal retirement.
Walters, 83, started her career in 1961 on NBC’s Today show and went on to shine in what was traditionally a male-dominated world. Walters was the first female co-anchor of Today, and became the first woman to co-anchor an evening network newscast. She eventually joined ABC in 1976 and went on to become the country’s highest-paid journalist, appearing on shows like 20/20 and Walters‘ interview specials, which featured some of the world’s most interesting and accomplished people. She co-created and co-hosts The View, which launched in 1997 and remains one of the most popular daytime talk shows of the last 15 years.
For a while this year it seemed Walters might not return to TV after she was injured in a fall at the British Ambassador’s residence and was diagnosed with chicken pox. The rare malady knocked Walters out of commission and off ABC and The View for most of the winter, but she returned to her daytime talk show earlier in March.
The Hamptons is a perfect place to retire, so keep an eye out for our favorite grand dame of tv journalists.