The Hollywood Reporter -- Veteran ABC News personality Barbara Walters is
poised to retire in May 2014, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter.
Walters, 84, is expected to make the announcement herself. She will stay on
at "The View" through next season, according to sources, to usher the show
through an impending transition that will mark the exits of hosts Joy Behar and
Walters' final year as a regular presence on ABC News and "The View" will be
filled with tributes to more than half a century in broadcasting.
News of her retirement is not unexpected. She suffered a health setback this
year when she contracted chicken pox, which caused her to become faint and fall
and cut her head at the home of the British ambassador in January. The episode
sent her to the hospital and kept her off The View for several weeks.
And Walters herself has flirted with retirement publicly. A seemingly
off-the-cuff remark during a 2011 interview with President Barack Obama that she
planned to retire "next year" sent media speculation into overdrive. At the
time, an ABC News spokesperson brushed off the news flash, saying, "Barbara has
joked that she is retiring every year since the Clinton