"There were many reports last week saying that I was retiring from ABC, and there was an assumption that I would be making an announcement today," she said. "Here I am, and I have no announcement to make. But I do want to say this: If and when I might have an announcement to make, I will do it in this program, I promise, and the paparazzi guys, you will be the last to know."
Last week, Deadline reported that Walters would retire after 50 years in the business. However, there were conflicting reports on when she would step down, with Deadline reporting it would happen in May, while New York Times reporter Brian Stelter tweeted that a person familiar with the plan says she would leave The View in May 2014. Stelter also reported that ABC is planning a year of specials that would lead up to her retirement next May. The Huffington Post also says she plans to step down next year.
Walters, 83, has been one of the pioneering female TV journalists throughout her career. She was the first woman to co-host a news program when she joined Today's news desk in 1974. Just two years later, she became the first co-anchor of a network evening news broadcast when she moved to ABC Evening News. She went on to anchor ABC News' 20/20 for 20 years before creating The View in 1997. Over the years, she has also become known for her annual 10 Most Fascinating People special and her in-depth one-on-one celebrity interviews with newsmakers such as Monica Lewinsky and Fidel Castro.
Will you miss Walters when she does eventually retire?