After more than 50 years on television, Barbara Walters announced Monday her plans to retire, though fans of the broadcasting legend still have plenty of time to adjust. NY1's Stephanie Simon filed the following report.
Despite her countless celebrity interviews over the years, let's face it: Barbara Walters has always been one of the most fascinating people in popular culture.
On Monday, the veteran TV newswoman announced she will be retiring next summer.
"It has been an absolutely joyful, rewarding, challenging, fascinating and occasionally bumpy ride, and I wouldn't change a thing. I'm perfectly healthy, this is my decision, I've been thinking about it for a long time, and this is what I want to do," Walters said.
After months of speculation that she would be retiring Walters made it official on "The View", the daytime female led talk show that she helped create and sometimes co-hosts.
"I don't want to appear on another program, I don't want to climb another mountain, I want instead to sit in a sunny field and admire the very gifted women, and okay, some men too, who will be taking my place. And most of all I want to thank everyone here. I've had an amazing career, beyond anything I could have ever imagined, and I hope I may have also inspired other women to make television in front or behind the cameras as a career," Walters added.
Walters, 83, is of course known for her engaging and revealing celebrity interviews. But she is also a trailblazer for women in broadcast journalism.
She spent 37 years at ABC News. She joined the network in 1976 to co-anchor its evening newscast and later became a co-host of the news magazine show "20/20."
Before that, she spent 15 years at NBC, where she was a co-host of "The Today Show".
Today, Barbara Walters is making headlines -- not reading them -- as she begins her farewells.