TV news program and talk-show legend Barbara Walters is retiring from “The View,” ABC announced Monday (April 7). The host will make her final television appearance on Friday, May 16, though she will continue to work behind the scenes as executive producer of the daytime program.
Walters announced a year ago that the 2014-15 season of “The View” would be her last, but now viewers can mark Barbara Walters Week on their calendars, as the network has a week-long tribute planned for the long-time host:
- “The View” will celebrate Walters’ final week, culminating with
her final co-host appearance on Friday, May 16.
- A two-hour primetime ABC special highlighting her
illustrious, unparalleled career will air at 9 p.m. ET/PT May 16.
- ABC News Headquarters in New York City will be named in her honor during a dedication ceremony.
Robert A. Iger, chairman and CEO of the Walt Disney Company, says in a 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.”
Anne Sweeney, the outgoing co-chair of Disney Media Networks and president of Disney/ABC Television Group, adds, “Barbara Walters was one of the first people I met as an ABC page almost 38 years ago. She was fiercely intelligent, impressive and inspiring then, and remains so to this day. I am honored that I’ve had the rare opportunity to work, and learn, from her all these years. Her influence on television, and American culture, will resonate for decades to come.”