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Barbara Walters Retires: 5 Fast Facts You Need To Know

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The long and short of Barbara Walters retirement. Her announcement, her plans, her co-stars, her career, and thoughts from her fellow celebrities.

1. When It Will Happen

In the summer of 2014, Walters will completely retire from appearing on television … at all. Assuring viewers that she is in perfect health and that this has been a long time coming, she does say that she will remain a producer on The View for as long as the network will have her. Hey, she’s been on TV for over 50 years … she could stand a break.


2. The TV Journalist Announces Her Departure On-Camera

Where else would the TV journalist announce her retirement?


3. Whoopi Doesn’t Care

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So, first Joy Behar announces that this will be her last season on The View, rumors swirl about Hasselbeck possibly leaving, and now Barbara announces her retirement. Who will join the round-table on The View? Who knows? Better yet, who cares? It’s pretty clear that Whoopi doesn’t.

Recently, Whoopi Goldberg told US Weekly: “Let me tell you this about The View: I take a paycheck every other week. That’s all I do. I could give a sh-t what comes. I do my job — I have a contract. That’s where I stand. I don’t give a f-ck.” Goldberg added that she’s not involved in any casting decisions. “I don’t care. That’s not my job. My job is to show up and be cute by 11:00 and get the f-ck off that show by 12.


4. How Barbara Got Started And What She Plans To Do

In 1961, Ms. Walters began her television career on NBC’s Today show and eventually became the show’s co-host. Fifteen years later, she pioneered as the first anchorwoman on ABC’s Evening News. Shortly after, she graduated to co-hosting 20/20. She then proceeded to interview world leaders, public figures, and A-list celebrities. She’s a legend.

For the next year, Barbara will continue to appear on The View and report for ABC News. She will also anchor various specials throughout the year including those for the Oscars, the Most Fascinating People, and for a career retrospective.


5. What Donald Trump Has To Say About It

Donald seems convinced we haven’t seen the last of Barbara.

Looks like Donald isn’t the only celebrity talking about Barbara Walters’ retirement…

So, will Barbara pull an “Oprah” and be back to TV in no time? Time will tell.

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