Barbara Walters Last Scheduled TV Appearance Announced As May 16

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By Michael Lewittes

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Barbara Walters last official day on “The View” and TV will be May 16, ABC announced on Monday. After that day’s show, the network will air a two-hour special that night about Walters’ storied life and career.

Although she won’t be on the show anymore, Walters will still be the executive producer of “The View.” Bob Iger, the Chairman of The Walt Disney Company — ABC’s parent company — said in a statement: “In this business there are legends, there are icons, and then there is Barbara Walters.”

He added, “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.”

Walters made the announcement about her retirement last year. The legendary newswoman’s career began at the “Today Show” on NBC in 1961, and she went on to join ABC’s “Evening News” in 1976. Walters later became a “20/20″ co-host, and launched “The View” in 1997. What did you think about Walters retiring?

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