Barbara Walters Announces Retirement

Barbara Walters is officially stepping down. After more than 50 years in the business, the legendary journalist confirmed that she will retire in summer 2014.

"I am very happy with my decision and look forward to a wonderful and special year ahead both on The View and with ABC News," she told ABC News. "I created The View and am delighted it will last beyond my leaving it." (The morning talk show recently announced the departure of Joy Behar, and Elisabeth Hasselbeck is also expected to leave.)

Until next year, Barbara will continue to anchor and report for ABC News, appear on The View and host several specials, including 20 Years of 10 Most Fascinating People in December.

She plans to announce her retirement on The View Monday. "I do not want to appear on another program or climb another mountain," she said of her retirement. "I want instead to sit on a sunny field and admire the very gifted women —- and OK, some men too — who will be taking my place."

Barbara Walters is a LEGEND in journalism, and at 83 years old, she still looks good and is always working hard. She deserves her rest now! It will be weird not seeing her in different specials anymore, but congrats to her for moving on to the next phase of her life!

Image via Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images

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